Three more Pakistan players cleared to join Pakistan squad
Three more players Kashif Bhatti, Haider Ali and Imran Khan have been cleared to join the rest of the squad in England after they were tested negative.
The trio will be flying to England on July 8 along with masseurs Malang Ali and Mohammad Imran once their travel arrangements are facilitated by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Pakistan were hit with a shock before leaving for England as a total of ten players were tested positive for covid-19. And, it didn’t only stop there, the drama began after Mohammad Hafeez tested privately the next day and the result came negative. The board was not happy with the experienced batsman for breaking the rules, but it was sorted out in the end after he tested negative again with some of the players.
Six players including Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan were cleared subsequently and left in a second batch. Out of the ten players, only fast bowler Haris Rauf is yet to recover from the virus. He has been tested positive thrice. However, his health is fine and he is now awaiting to take another test in a few days.
The Pakistan squad has already started a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester. The team will transfer to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground on July 13 to accelerate their preparation ahead of the first Test, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and three T20Is behind closed doors against the hosts.