Pakistan Cricketer Kashif Bhatti was second-time diagnosed with the dreadful coronavirus. After landing in England to play three-match Test and T20I series, he tested positive of the virus and had self-isolated himself, as per reports. Nevertheless, he has again tested negative and will join the team for the series.
The uncapped player Kashif Bhatti, along with Haider Ali and Imran Khan, tested positive for COVID-19 before arriving in England. They went under treatment and after three days, they tested negative and were flown to the UK on July 8.
An ECB spokesperson cleared the fuss over Kashif Bhatti COVID-19 scare, saying that he has tested negative and all the players are safe.
“The player had returned a positive test result for the remnants of a previous Covid-19 infection and in consultation with Public Health England and a virologist, a safety-first approach was taken to isolate the player,” the spokesperson said.
“The player has now returned a second negative test with no risk of infection to other players and staff.”
Pakistan’s 10 players tested positive:
In the squad declared by Pakistan, 10 players had tested positive initially which had put doubts on the commencement of the tour.
But PCB decided to go with the schedule and players landed England last month. Questions were also raised on the Pakistan board over Mohammad Hafeez being first tested positive and negative next day. However, he flew with the first batch of cricketers.
The visitors have spent 14 days in isolation in Worcester and arrived in Derby on Monday. They will travel to Manchester on August 1 to play the first Test of the three-match series from 5 August.
This will become Pakistan’s first bilateral series since the imposition of the lockdown. They were set to host Bangladesh before the outbreak of the coronavirus halted all the cricketing schedules.
The Pakistan Super League(PSL) which was first-time being hosted at home, was also marred due to the pandemic. They were also due to host Asia Cup 2020 in September but ACC has postponed the tournament.
So, to bring back the cricket, Pakistan had toured England, who are already hosting West Indies in a bio-secure environment.