PAKISTAN’S tour of England was thrown into chaos and uncertainty when three players examined positive for Covid-19.
Batsman Haider Ali, leg-spinner Shadab Khan and quick bowler Haris Rauf have been instantly positioned in isolation and won’t fly with the squad to the UK this weekend.
Extra test outcomes from different players and backroom employees are anticipated today and, if additional positive samples come again, the tour may even be cancelled.
None of the trio confirmed signs earlier than they have been examined in Rawalpindi.
Two different players, Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari, have been additionally screened in Rawalpindi and their assessments have been destructive.
They’ll journey tomorrow to Lahore, from the place a 29-man squad is because of fly to the UK on Sunday.
The bulk of the remaining players and employees have been examined throughout three websites on Monday, with outcomes not but accessible.
On arrival, the players and 14 help employees might be positioned into quarantine for two weeks underneath Authorities rules however are permitted to coach in the way in which West Indies have performed at Outdated Trafford.
The First Test is scheduled on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on August 5 adopted by two Exams at Outdated Trafford and three T20 matches.
It’s believed the three players may be changed however, if a raft of positive assessments are returned, the tour is positioned in critical jeopardy.
Haider, 19, is one of probably the most thrilling prospects in Pakistan whereas Shadab is a key performer, particularly in white ball cricket.
Two weeks in the past, the Pakistan Cricket Board scrapped a coaching camp as the speedy rise of circumstances made a bio-secure surroundings troublesome. And ex-captain Shahid Afridi introduced final week he had examined positive following the rise in circumstances.
First up for England is the Windies, and the rivalry between all-rounders Ben Stokes and Jason Holder might be enormous.
Though Stokes is a world famous person after his 2019 heroics within the World Cup and Ashes, Windies skipper Holder is definitely the No 1 ranked Test all-rounder averaging 32 with the bat and 26 with the ball.
West Indies coach Phil Simmons stated: “Ben is the type of person who wants to be No 1 and I believe Jason will always be looking to do his best to keep his position.”
The Windies start a three-day intra-squad match at Outdated Trafford today as they put together for the First Test in Southampton on July 8.
England’s 30-man squad collect today for a coaching camp.
Earlier than the Test, skipper Joe Root’s workforce will put on coaching shirts with names nominated by native golf equipment — together with medical doctors, nurses, carers and academics.
He stated: “We want to honour the brave key workers who went into bat for their country.”