The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s selection committee has started mulling over possible replacements for the 10 players who tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on Monday and Tuesday.
Following the announcement on Monday that 3 players had tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus, the board on Tuesday confirmed that seven more players along with a staff member had also tested positive.
Before Round 1 of the Covid-19 testing procedure, the selectors had named four reserves in Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Musa Khan and Mohammad Nawaz as a cover in case any results came out positive. However, now they seem to be considering more options for obvious reasons.
Openers Sami Aslam, Zeeshan Malik and wicketkeeper-batsmen Adnan Akmal, Zeeshan Ashraf and Rohail Nazir are being considered as possible replacements.
In the pace department, the experienced Junaid Khan is being considered alongside Ehsan Adil, and Tabish Khan.
Chief selector-cum-head coach Misbahul Haq has been given the authority by the selection committee to take the final call on the replacements.
The 18 players who tested negative will report to a local hotel in Lahore today, where they will be placed in a bio-secure environment ahead of tomorrow’s round two of testing.