6 Pakistan cricketers test COVID-19 positive on New Zealand tour
- The Pakistan squad arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday
- NZC has mentioned that two out of six cases are 'historical' while rest are 'new'
- The six players will be shifted to an isolation facility
Six touring Pakistan cricketers have tested COVID-19 positive in New Zealand, New Zealand Cricket announced on Thursday. The board further alleged that the visitors have breached the bio-secure bubble that put in place for them and will not be allowed to train while in quarantine.
Led by Babar Azam, the Pakistan squad have arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday and are currently going through a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
In a statement, NZC mentioned that “Two of these six results have been deemed 'historical'; four have been confirmed as new”, refusing to name the players who have tested positive.
Ahead of the series beginning on December 18 in Auckland, all six players are to be shifted to a separate, managed isolation facility. Pakistan will be playing three T-20 Internationals and two Tests in the country.
NZC informed that as a result of this incident, the Pakistan team’s chances of training while remaining in managed isolation have been negated until the investigation reaches completion.
“… NZC has also been made aware that some members of the Pakistan team had contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation”, the board stated.
Although, the board did not specify the exact nature of the breach.
At least 10 cricketers of the Pakistan team had tested positive for the virus before the England tour earlier in 2020.