The Pakistan contingent on tour in New Zealand will proceed their managed isolation in Christchurch, however will not be given any exemptions that enable them to coach in teams. This is because of “ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infections within the squad,” in line with New Zealand’s Well being Ministry.
Out of the 54 members on tour, 44 have returned unfavorable exams whereas six gamers stay Covid-positive. The circumstances of 4 others are deemed to be “historic”.
As issues stand, all the contingent will full the prolonged quarantine interval on December 9, after which they’ll start coaching topic to clearance from the New Zealand authorities.
“I have very carefully considered this situation. At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad,’ Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director-general of New Zealand’s health ministry said in a statement.
“There have been quite a few lively circumstances recognized among the many workforce. Public well being concerns will proceed to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether or not this entails people or groups. We recognize the challenges that this resolution could have for the touring workforce.”
In a statement issued by the board, Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO, termed the move as “disappointing”, whereas additionally questioning the explanations for non-exemption for the 44 gamers who’ve examined unfavorable. He additionally expressed disappointment that the unfavorable exams weren’t made public, whereas all constructive exams had been reported instantly.
The Pakistan workforce, with a squad of 34 gamers and 20 assist employees, had been all discovered to be Covid unfavorable on the day of departure. They arrived in Auckland with stopovers in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur on November 22 and may have accomplished their 14-day quarantine on December 4, which was later revised as a result of six gamers returned constructive on the second day upon arrival.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three T20s and two Take a look at matches, starting in Auckland on December 18, in simply over two weeks.