Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the national team players for their unprofessional attitude as he believes they did not follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the coronavirus pandemic.
Following the announcement yesterday that three players had tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed that seven more players along with a staff member had tested positive. That takes the tally to 10 out of 35 squad members testing positive ahead of a crucial “bio-secure” tour of England. The PCB had organised these 35 tests in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar on Monday.
“Players who have tested positive were practicing outside together, so there was bound to be a problem. Unprofessional approach from PCB and players is to blame for these positive Covid-19 tests,” said Latif on his YouTube channel.
“I also went to the ground for one day, but I maintained my distance with Rohail Nazir. You have to follow the protocols and keep distance,” he added.
The 51-year-old believes that the selection committee should have already kicked off the process to arrange for backups.
“Selection committee must have started pondering over replacements. But those replacements have to be tested as well,” he said.
The players and player support personnel, who have tested negative, will assemble in a bio-secure environment in Lahore on June 24 and will undergo second round of testing on June 25.
Those, who will test negative on June 25, will leave for Manchester via chartered plane. Within 24 hours after arriving in the UK, the players and staff will be tested again, this time by the ECB medical team.