New Zealand cricket board has confirmed that six players from the Pakistan squad have been tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The Pakistan squad was tested negative in Lahore before leaving for New Zealand but they were tested positive in New Zealand. While the board says that two of the six were historical cases, the other four have been the new cases. This indicates that the players did contravene in the protocols on the first day of managed isolation. All the players who have been tested positive will now be moved to the
quarantine section of the isolation facility.
Due to this, the team which was earlier allowed to practice in isolation will now be held back until the investigation completes.
Pakistan will be the second team to tour New Zealand after the pandemic hit as the series against West Indies will start from November 27.
Pakistan are supposed to play 2 T20I’s and 3 tests against New Zealand which will begin from the 10th December. Before the series Pakistan A is supposed to play against the New Zealand A in two four day matches.
The New Zealand cricket board also was made aware about the fact that some of the players of Pakistan squad had contravened the protocols. The New Zealand cricket board has said that they will have discussion with the Pakistani management to help them in understanding the rules.
They also added in their press release that they consider safety as a top priority in hosting the teams and will make sure about that.