Out of all Test playing nations, the Pakistan cricket team seems to be the worst-hit in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. After Shadab Khan, Haider Ali and Haris Rauf had tested positive, 7 more Pakistan players have tested positive on Tuesday, taking the total tally in the squad to 10 ahead of their much-anticipated England tour.
The 7 names who tested positive on Tuesday were include, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, and Imran Khan.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), at least three players had returned positive test after being asymptomatic while one of the support staff has also been tested positive. However, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Malik and Cliffe Deacon still remain to be tested.
Shahid Afridi, had contracted the virus earlier, and later in a video message said that he is recovering well. The former Pakistan skipper has now sent his well-wishes towards the effected players and has urged his countrymen to take the virus seriously as cases keep rising daily.
“Prayers for quick recovery of Fakhar, Imran Khan, Kashif, Hafeez, Hasnain, Rizwan and Wahab and Malang. Please take good care. Appeal to all Pakistanis, please take the virus seriously!” Afridi tweeted.
Prayers for quick recovery of Fakhar, Imran Khan, Kashif, Hafeez, Hasnain, Rizwan and Wahab and Malang. Please take good care. Appeal to all Pakistanis, please take the virus seriously!
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 23, 2020
Despite the players being contracted with the virus, their board looks optimistic about the England tour. The tour is discussed to be organised in a bio-secure environment and the Pakistan camp might opt for a few substitutes in these crisis situation.
Pakistan will tour England for a Test and T20I series, which will get underway from July 30 with the T20I series concluding in the first week of September.