Hafeez isolated, tested for Covid-19 after breaching biosecurity protocol

By: News Desk      Published: 06:53 PM, 12 Aug, 2020
Hafeez isolated, tested for Covid-19 after breaching biosecurity protocol

Pakistan cricket team management has isolated former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, who is a member of the T20 squad which is currently in England, after breaching biosecurity protocols by posing for a photo with a member of the public.

Hafeez posted a photo on twitter, taken on the golf course adjacent to the on-site hotel at the Ageas Bowl, on Twitter on Wednesday morning, saying: "Met an inspirational young lady today morning at golf course. She is 90+ & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine."

While players have been permitted to use the golf course at the Ageas Bowl, they have been advised to avoid interaction with anyone outside the biosecure bubble, since the course is still open to the public.

The team management said in a statement: “This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account. “As it was evident from the photograph that Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test. Hafeez underwent the Covid-19 test late Wednesday afternoon and the result is expected at some stage on Thursday.

“The decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him. The team management believes it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series. “The team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision.”

Before travelling, Hafeez tested positive for Covid-19, before deciding to get tested privately himself and returning a negative test. He then returned two more negative tests, meaning he was allowed to travel to the UK.

During England's series against West Indies, Jofra Archer missed the second Test and was handed a fine and a written warning after breaching protocols by returning home while travelling from Southampton to Manchester.