Kashif Bhatti joins Pakistan squad after testing negative
Pakistan spinner Kashif Bhatti has finally been given permission to join the squad after returning two negative tests for COVID-19.
The hectic journey for the Pakistan spinner Kashif Bhatti has finally come to an end as he has been given permission to join rest of the squad after being tested negative twice. The player tested positive after arriving in the UK and had to undergo a period of mandatory self-isolation in Worcester.
Bhatti arrived in England with the third batch of the Pakistan team on 8 July. He had tested negative two times for COVID-19 in line with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) protocol and thus cleared to board the flight, but he again tested positive on arrival in the UK for what were the “remnants of a previous COVID-19 infection”.
England Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement on Thursday clearing that Bhatti has been cleared to return to the squad after undergoing a precautionary period of self-isolation.
“A Pakistan player has been cleared to return to the squad after undergoing a precautionary period of self-isolation. The player had returned a positive test result for the remnants of a previous COVID-19 infection and in consultation with Public Health England and a virologist a safety-first approach was taken to isolate the player. The player has since returned two negative tests with no risk of infection to other players and staff,” the statement stated.
The test series between England and Pakistan will kick-off on August 5.