Wasim Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the Pakistani contingent may have contracted the virus while traveling to New Zealand.
The team’s schedule and schedule and a four-day match of a Pakistani cricket team have been disturbed after eight members from the 53 have tested positive for coronavirus soon after they arrived in New Zealand.
Wasim Khan said that the coronavirus tests of the Pakistani contingent were conducted at the Shaukat Khanum Hospital ahead of the tour.
“There is a possibility that the players might have contracted virus during the long journey,” he said.
He ruled out the impression of players violating rules in New Zealand and contracting the virus there.
As per the details, the national squad has been exempted to train during managed isolation in Christchurch as many of the members are corona positive, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said on Friday.
“I have very carefully considered this situation,” Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement. “At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad.
“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.”
Pakistan and New Zealand are to play a three-match T20I series starting December 18. The two-Test series will begin on Boxing Day (December 26).