Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan among six Pakistani players: The second lot of Pakistani players will depart for England on Friday.
Six Pakistan cricketers who had become eligible for travelling to England on the back of testing negative for COVID-19 yesterday will now depart on this Friday, i.e., July 3.
The players namely batsmen Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman, spinner Shadab Khan, pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hasnain and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan will board the flight after returning a second negative result in the coronavirus tests conducted by Pakistan Cricket Board.
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Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan among six Pakistani players who will travel to England on July 3
The aforementioned six players were among 10 Pakistani players who had tested negative last week to raise concerns with respect to the tour going ahead. In an unfortunate development, the likes of Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan have tested positive but are symptomatic and being observed under isolation.
As far as the 39-year old Hafeez is concerned, this is supposed to be his fourth COVID-19 test. Initially tested positive, Hafeez tested negative in a private test conducted a day after his first test. The senior batsman still had to undergo a couple of tests organized by the PCB to allow him to travel.
Talking of Rizwan, him testing positive had prompted the PCB to send uncapped wicket-keeper batsman Rohail Nazir to England with the first lot. However, with the former testing negative is almost certain of the fact that he will continue to keep wickets despite the presence of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
All these players were been kept in a five-star hotel in Lahore till now. Upon reaching Manchester on July 3, the players will be taken to Worcester where they join the other players after undergoing another test over there.