New Zealand Health Director Lashes Out On Pakistan Players For COVID Breach
Pakistan captain Babar Azam along with his teammates in aiport. Image Credit: Twitter.

After six players from the Pakistan camp have tested positive for the coronavirus, New Zealand’s director-general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield has slammed Pakistan players for laxity while following the quarantine.

Bloomfield revealed that they were grouping during the first three days when the COVID-19 test results were not even out. Sarfaraz Ahmed, Rohail Nazir, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Abid Ali and Danish Aziz turned positive for the infectious virus. Bloomfield said they took a ‘dim view’ of Pakistan players’ actions.

“Rather than being in their own rooms, which is a requirement for the first three days, there was some mingling in the hallways, chatting, sharing food and not wearing masks,” Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the country’s director-general of health, told RNZ, New Zealand’s public-service radio broadcaster.

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“I don’t know how many times they did that, but it only needs once for us to take a dim view of it. These players signed up to the arrangements in an undertaking that made what was expected of them very clear. At the moment, they are all required to be in their rooms, which was the requirement anyway. The training exemption would not have kicked in until after we had the results of the day-three testing if we were happy with the results.”

PCB warns Pakistan players:

Pakistan team. (Credits: Twitter)

PCB CEO Wasim Khan also told their players through an audio message on WhatsApp that they’ll be sent back home if they breach rules one more time.

“This is a matter of national pride,” he went on in his message to the Pakistan players. “It would be very embarrassing if they end up sending the team back. I know it’s very tough and difficult, but stay disciplined and follow the protocols they have set. We have no margin for error with the New Zealand government. This is a final warning. They will not compromise on health and safety. Do what’s right for your country.”

Currently, they are exempted from training, which they were, earlier, allowed while in quarantine.