Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has said the PCB did not look after their players in the way it was required to after 10 cricketers tested positive for the Covid-19.
Ten Pakistan players were tested Covid-19 positive ahead of their England tour (AP Photo)
Former Pakistan chief selector and skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the medical staff of negligence after 10 players of the national team were tested positive for Covid-19 prior to their tour of England.
After 3 players testing positive for the virus, the PCB on Tuesday confirmed that seven more players tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total tally to 10.
Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, and Wahab Riaz were the other players to have tested positive. Support staff, Malang Ali was also confirmed to have contracted the virus.
None of the seven players and masseur had reported any prior symptoms of Covid-19 until they underwent the first round of testing on Monday ahead of the side’s departure for Manchester.
“The players who have tested positive would have thought that PCB is not supporting them at this difficult time,” said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.
“My sources have told me that the PCB’s medical staff did not attend calls of these players during the past couple of days, which is a really bad attitude.”
“I would request the PCB to properly look after these players because if you don’t then incidents, like Hafeez getting himself tested privately, will happen,” he said, adding, “PCB should have kept these players [who tested positive] at the NCA, because there is enough space there, rather than telling them to self-isolate at their homes. They are our players and we need to look after them so that they can fully recover.”
The ECB has confirmed that the Pakistan cricket team will arrive in the UK on Sunday to begin their preparation for the 3-match Test and T20I series. The players will undergo a 14-day quarantine before transferring to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground on July 13, ECB said in a press statement.