Pakistan cricket team undergo corona tests a day before New Zealand departure

By: News Desk      Published: 12:17 PM, 22 Nov, 2020
Pakistan cricket team undergo corona tests a day before New Zealand departure

Members of the Pakistan cricket squad underwent coronavirus tests which all came negative on Sunday, a day before they are due to take off for New Zealand on November 23 (Monday), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

After arrival in New Zealand, the Pakistani team will again undergo Covid-19 tests and will spend 14 days in quarantine as per the government protocols there.

Here, the PCB’s medical panel directed the Pakistan squad to strictly follow Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) before their departure for New Zealand. Players underwent the tests, however, the reports came negative.

Strict Covid-19 SOPs are in place in New Zealand which was evident from the fact that the West Indies squad were banned by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health from training after they breached biosecurity rules.

The Pakistan cricket team will be touring New Zealand in December 2020 and January 2021 to play two Tests and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. The Test series will form part of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.

Pakistani squad:

Babar Azam (c), Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Imran Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz.

Pakistan last toured New Zealand for a Test series four years ago, in 2016, with the hosts winning 2-0. Just two members from that side, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam are guaranteed starters.