Alex Hales in self-isolation after experiencing coronavirus symptoms
England cricketer Alex Hales has revealed on Tuesday that he is in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms.
The 31-year-old batsman corrected rumours about him showing symptoms of coronavirus while playing in Pakistan, but admitted to developing a fever and cough after returning home.
Hales was among the overseas cricketers who opted to leave the PSL last week due to uncertainty over travel restrictions.
“In light of the speculation and rumour that is currently circulating within the cricket world and on social media, I felt I needed to give a full explanation of my situation,” Hales said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Like many other overseas players, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League early because, with COVID-19 reaching global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family rather than face a period of lockdown thousands of miles from home.
“I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus.
“However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough.
“At this stage, it has not been possible to be tested although I am hopeful that might be the case later today so that I can get absolute confirmation of my current health status.”
Earlier the Nottinghamshire opener had tweeted on Monday: “Self-isolation begins… TV series to binge-watch please??” However the post was subsequently deleted, with Pakistani commentator Ramiz Raja suspecting that Hales might have shown COVID-19 symptoms before leaving PSL.
As a result of Hales’ symptoms, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) postponed the PSL 2020 on Tuesday, the day of the semi-finals.