Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir named in reworked 20-man Pakistan squad

29 Juin, 2020, 22:54 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Pakistan confirm 20-man squad which departs for England on Sunday

Pakistan were forced to trim their initial 29-man group down to only 20 after ten players tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

"After testing positive COVID-19 acc to PCB testing Report yesterday, as 2nd opinion and for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family, and here I along with my all family members are reported Negative", Hafeez had tweeted.

Hafeez and Riaz underwent tests at a lab, which the PCB does not use, and though the test results came negative it has not been taken into consideration, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said.

"This is a very intriguing situation for the board".

Following advice from leading sports science experts and as per the United Kingdom government regulations, players who have tested positive during the PCB testing process will be unable to travel on Sunday.

The board has said it will announce results of all tests on Saturday (June 27).

The team's masseur Malang Ali tested positive twice.

"That is why he took a second test privately as a precautionary measure he had no intention to embarrass the authorities", the source said.

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There is also a fear within the PCB camp that if, God forbid, any key player or official of the team management tests positive in the second round, it could create a big mess and may jeopardise the team's timely departure to England.

Get breaking news alerts. Following the Covid positive test results, the board called upon fast bowler Musa Khan and Pakistan U-19 captain and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir.

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. "Players are likely to be tested five to seven times before the first Test in England and that is to be done for their safety", he said.

The squad will have a 14-day isolation period on arrival before continuing their preparations ahead of the first Test with two four-day warm-up matches.

The 10 Pakistan players, including Mohammad Hafeez, who have tested positive for the coronavirus have been placed under home-quarantine and will not be part of the squad departing to the UK.

Waseem said that bowling coach Waqar Younis underwent testing in Australia and has been diagnosed negative.

Players who have departed for England- Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, and Yasir Shah.

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