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One member of Africa-bound squad tests positive for Covid

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LAHORE: Only one, out of a total of 35 members of Pakistan’s Africa-bound squad tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday.

Pakistan are scheduled to tour South Africa and Zimbabwe from March 26. On their tour to South Africa, Pakistan will play three ODIs and four Twenty20 Internationals. This will be followed by the Zimbabwe leg of the tour where Pakistan will feature in two Tests and three ODIs.

According to a PCB spokesman, all those who have tested negative will assemble in Lahore on Thursday for a training camp which commences at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

“The player who has tested positive will undergo a repeat test on Thursday at his residence. If he tests negative, only then he will be eligible to travel to Lahore where he will remain in isolation for two more days before being retested,” the spokesman added.

Though the PCB did not mention the name of the player who tested positive, reports indicate he is fast bowler Hasan Ali.

Published in Dawn, March 18th, 2021


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