Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez should have refrained from publicly posting his negative Covid-19 test result.
Hafeez, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) during Round one of the medical tests conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the tour of England, ende up testing negative via private testing just a day later.
The 39-year-old, in a tweet, uploaded a picture of the test results while confirming that he and his family had tested negative upon approaching an external source.
“My advice to Hafeez was that if you wanted to do a retest, you could have done it for your satisfaction and for your family. However, he should have not published his [test results] on Twitter. Instead, he should have confronted the board privately. But he didn’t, which was a mistake. You don’t mess with the board that is selecting you. If you mess with them, then it will have consequences,” said Akhtar on his YouTube channel.
After alot of choas, the PCB’s medical team conducted a retest on Hafeez and other players, who had tested positive in the first round of testing. Interestingly, the retests declared Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan Covid-19 negative. Meanwhile, Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan once again tested positive for the virus and wont be travelling with the squad until they test negative.
Shoaib Akhtar also talked about the significance of the England tour and urged the Pakistan squad management to pick their best possible Starting XI against the World Champions.
“It is an important tour for Pakistan because they need to win the series. If they sent a half-baked squad just to complete the tour, then it can be a problem for Pakistan. I want Pakistan to win the Test series or at least give a good fight as I don’t want them to slip further in the Test rankings. I wish them best of luck,” he concluded.