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PakVsNZ: Pakistan cricketers enjoy time together after 2 weeks of isolation


Gulmeena HamidWeb Editor

08th Dec, 2020. 01:08 pm
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Life of the Pakistan cricket squad has finally come to normal on Tuesday as they were released from the isolation of 14 days in Christchurch, New Zealand. The squad is finally free to resume their cricket activities.

According to the details, since the 53-member squad was in managed isolation, confined to their rooms for the last two weeks. Shaheens were allowed to train initially during isolation, however, after 10 players of the squad tested positive for coronavirus, they were revoked by the NZ health authorities.

“52 members of the squad will be released from the MIQ facilities in Christchurch today. One case will remain in the Christchurch quarantine facility until fully recovered. One person repeatedly tested negative and is being released from the Auckland quarantine facility today, where they had been transferred on arrival as a precaution,” said an official of the New Zealand health ministry.

The team left the quarantine facility soon after the announcement to spend some time in the hotel before flying to Queenstown to play.

After extensive testing and completion of their quarantine time, the NZ health officials said that the Pakistan cricket team does not pose risk to the community, and the Canterbury DHB medical officer of health is satisfied with the players.

“Within the Pakistan men’s cricket team there were six acute COVID-19 cases; all now recovered except for the one remaining in the Christchurch quarantine facility while four team members had positive PCR results, but are considered historical cases,” the statement by the NZ health ministry read.

One member who is yet to complete his quarantine will be released from the managed isolation on Thursday night.

Pakistan squad for New Zealand T20Is:

Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir and Wahab Riaz.

Pakistan v New Zealand T20Is:

18 Dec – 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland

20 Dec – 2nd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton

22 Dec – 3rd T20I, McLean Park, Napier

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