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Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman and 4 others of 10 Pakistan players test Covid-19 negative in PCB retests

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Of the ten Pakistan cricketers who had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier, six have returned negative in the recent test conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The players who were tested negative were Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, and Wahab Riaz.

The cricketers who were once again tested positive for Covid-19 were Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Kashif Bhatti and Imran Khan. Malang Ali, who is part of the support staff has also again tested positive.

Pakistan on Saturday confirmed that they would be sending a 20-member squad, including 11 support staff, to England on Sunday and the players who tested negative will now undergo a third round of testing “at some stage” next week before joining the 20-man squad in England.

“Upon arrival in Manchester, the squad will be transported to Worcestershire where they will undergo the England and Wales Cricket Board testing before completing their 14-day isolation period, during which they will be allowed to train and practice. The side will move to Derbyshire on 13 July,” PCB said in a press release.

“All 18 players and 11 player support personnel, who had tested negative for Covid-19 in the first round of tests on Monday, have again returned negative in Thursday’s retests.”

“Besides the 29 members, tests of fast bowler Musa Khan and Pakistan U19 captain and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir, along with three other reserve players, were also conducted on Thursday and they have also returned negative.”

Players to leave for England on Sunday: 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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