Pakistani squad on tour in New Zealand will continue their managed isolation in Christchurch, but won’t be given any exemptions that allow them to train in groups.
According to the reports, Out of the 54 members on tour, 44 have returned negative tests while six players remain Covid-positive. The cases of four others are deemed to be “historic”.
As things goes on, the entire squad will complete the extended quarantine period on December 9, after which they can begin training subject to permission from the New Zealand government.
New Zealand’s health ministry said in a statement,
“I have very carefully considered this situation. At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director-general of New Zealand’s health ministry.”
He further said,
“There have been a number of active cases identified among the team. Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams. We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team.”
In a statement issued by the board, Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO, termed the move as “disappointing”, while also questioning the reasons for non-exemption for the 44 players who have tested negative.
He also expressed disappointment that the negative tests weren’t made public, while all positive tests were reported immediately.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three T20s and two Test matches, which is starting in Auckland on December 18, in just over two weeks.