Six players test COVID-19 negative, cleared to join team in England

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that six Pakistan cricketers, including former captain Mohammad Hafeez, have been cleared to join rest of the team in England after returning a second negative result in COVID-19 tests.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz also tested negative for the second time in three days and will join rest of the team in Worcestershire.

“The PCB will now start making their travel arrangements and the departure details will be shared in due course,” the PCB added.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three tests and three Twenty20 internationals behind closed doors in August-September. The exact dates and venues have not been announced yet.
Pakistan team consisting of 20 players and 11 players support staff departed for England on Sunday for the three-match Test series and as many numbers of T20Is.
All the members of the touring party were tested ahead of their travel and were allowed only after their results came negative.
The Pakistani squad will remain in a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester before beginning their training.
The ECB said in an official statement released on Friday, “The England & Wales Cricket Board can confirm that the Pakistan men’s cricket team will arrive in the UK on 28 June to start preparation for this summer’s tour of England, which includes three Test matches and three Vitality IT20s”.
“The behind-closed-doors schedule for these fixtures will be announced in due course,” it added.
“They will start a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester before transferring to Derbyshire’s The Ancora County Ground on Monday 13 July to accelerate their preparation ahead of the first Test, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches,” the board said.
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