ENG v PAK 2020: Mohammad Hafeez to isolate after breaching bio-secure protocols

Hafeez posted a picture with an elderly lady at the golf course on Wednesday.

Mohammad Hafeez is expected to play in the T20I series | Getty Images

Veteran Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been told to isolate after he breached the bio-secure protocols in place for Pakistan's ongoing tour of England, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated in their media release.

Hafeez on Wednesday (August 12), tweeted a picture with an elderly lady at the golf course near the team hotel at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. He wrote in the tweet, "Met an inspirational Young lady today morning at Golf course. She is 90+ & & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine."

PCB's media release said: “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.”

Hafeez had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan before coming to England, and then decided to get himself tested again privately, the result of which then came out to be negative. He eventually underwent two more tests, before he was finally cleared to join the team in England.


By Saurabh Malhotra - 12 Aug, 2020

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