After being declared COVID-19 positive, Mohammad Hafeez tests negative

Thursday, 25 Jun, 2020

The cricket board had said that at least three players had returned positive test after being asymptomatic while one of the support staff has also been tested positive.

Earlier on Monday, the PCB announced that Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan tested positive with Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari's results coming as negative. The Pakistan team returns from England on 2nd September so we can have the tournament in September or October.

In such circumstances the neighbour country's tour to Britain is at risk of being called-off.

"It's a good sign that some sports activities have resumed because at the end of the day, all of us have to fight through this pandemic".

The trio are all considered white-ball players and, with three Twenty20s due to take place after a three Test series, should be clear to join up at a later date.

He said the PCB was touring England as a challenge, aiming to get cricket resumed at the global level.

"The anxiety level of people sitting at home is rising, but cricket can be seen as lowering these". Once the team lands in the UK, Saleem said the players will go through another testing session before they start training in quarantine. "As of the fourth of July England are set to have relaxations in their restrictions", Holding, in a YouTube interview on his regular program "Mikey - Holding Nothing Back" with interviewer Asif Khan, said. "In the past, we have relied on one or two players to be the leader", he added.

Board officials have said all touring players and support personnel who already passed as fit would be tested again on Thursday.

Khan pointed out that in recent times many Pakistan sports squads were not given clearance by the Indian government to play in India. He even questioned where did so many players catch the virus from.

Sportsmail earlier revealed that Pakistan had brought forward their departure to England, which is being funded by European Central Bank, because of the wave of Covid-19 cases sweeping through their country and the rest of the sub-continent surrounding region.

"Unlike the rest of us, Shoaib Malik has not seen his immediate family for almost five months", PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.

Pakistan's England tour has also been put in jeopardy and many fans are questioning the feasibility of the series.