6 players of the Pakistani cricket team, currently on tour in New Zealand, have tested positive for the coronavirus. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) posted a statement on its website stating that it was, “made aware today that six members of the Pakistan touring squad, currently in managed isolation in Christchurch, have tested positive for Covid-19.”.
The infected players have not been named in the statement. The NZC stated that 2 of the players infected were “historical cases”, while 4 others were new infections. The infected players are going to be moved to the quarantine wing of the facility they’re staying at.
New Zealand’s director general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said, “It is a privilege to come to New Zealand to play sport, but in return teams must stick to the rules that are designed to keep Covid-19 out of our communities.” He also stated that “The team as a whole has been issued with a final warning,” as CCTV camera footage has revealed that members of the Pakistani squad breached social distancing protocols.
“It’s important to note that all incidents of breaches occurred within the facility and there is no risk to the public.”, said Ashley Bloomfield. The Pakistan cricket team will not be allowed to train until an investigation into the emergence of these coronavirus cases is completed.
All members of the Pakistan cricket squad were tested for the virus before their departure on Monday. They were tested 4 times and the tests came back negative. The Pakistan squad currently in New Zealand is comprised of Pakistan Senior and Shaheen teams, including 34 players and 20 supporting staff.
Pakistan will play two Tests and three T20s while Shaheens will also play two four-day and three T20 matches against New Zealand ‘A’. Pakistan’s T20 series will commence from Dec 18 and the Test series will start from Dec 26.