ENG v PAK 2020: PCB conducts COVID-19 tests for reserve Pakistani players

Ten originally selected players were declared COVID-19 positive in an earlier statement.

The selectors had kept reserves in place for the trip | AFP Five reserve Pakistan players and a backup player support personnel for the tour of England went through COVID-19 testing process on Thursday (June 25), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed. 

Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan and Rohail Nazir are the five players who were tested, along with masseur Mohammad Imran.

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"The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed five reserve players and a backup player support personnel have undergone COVID-19 tests," the PCB said in a statement. 

Asif, Butt, Nawaz and Khan were named as reserves in the original 29-man touring party that the board had announced on June 12. Nazir has been added as a back-up wicketkeeper. 

"On Thursday, 18 players and 11 player support personnel underwent a second round of tests, while the 10 players and one player support personnel, who had tested positive earlier in the week, will be retested on Friday," stated PCB. 

The results of all players' tests will be confirmed on Saturday (June 27). 

Earlier, ten of the selected players, namely Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan, were declared COVID-19 positive by the PCB. 

Pakistan is due to play England in three Tests and three T20Is in the UK in August-September. 


By Kashish Chadha - 26 Jun, 2020

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