In a shocking development, Pakistan’s three cricketers, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan, have tested positive for COVID-19 as confirmed by Pakistan’s Cricket Board on Monday. The three players, who, according to PCB, were all asymptomatic, were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday and will immediately undergo a period of isolation as per advise of the PCB medical panel while anyone else who has been in contact with the trio is to “self-isolate immediately”.
Former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja reacted to the news in his tweet.
The news came before Pakistan’s departure scheduled on June 28 for England for a three-Test and three-T20I tour less than a week away. The Pakistani cricket team will have to arrive almost a month before the first test to undergo a two-week quarantine period in which they have been allowed to practice.
If the three players test negative thereafter, they will then be allowed to travel to England later. Among these three players, Haider Ali has not made his international debut for Pakistan yet but during U-19 World Cup and PSL, he made an impression with his performance.
We hope that all players recover from this infectious disease as soon as possible.