Another Pakistan cricketer tests Covid-19 positive in New Zealand, becomes 7th player in squad with coronavirus

A seventh member of the touring Pakistan squad in New Zealand, who have arrived here for 3 T20 and 2 Test matches, has tested positive for the coronavirus and been isolated

A file photo of the Pakistan cricket team.

A file photo of the Pakistan cricket team. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Six members of the squad had tested positive for Covid-19 upon their arrival here on Thursday
  • Opener Fakhar Zaman was ruled out of Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand earlier in the week
  • Zaman had tested negative for Covid-19 but had Covid-like symptoms at the time

Another member of the Pakistan cricket team has tested positive for Covid-19 here in New Zealand, becoming the seventh in the touring Pakistan squad.

On Thursday, six member from the squad that had arrived here for their tour starting in 3 weeks, had tested positive for coronavirus and had been isolated from the rest of the players. 53 players had arrived in New Zealand for the tour starting on December 18, on Thursday.

“One additional member of the Pakistan squad has today tested positive during routine testing. The remainder of the results from the squad’s Day 3 swab testing – apart from the six who have already returned a positive result, are negative,” the ministry said.

The Pakistan cricket team had initially been given an exemption to train together in managed isolation but that was later temporarily revoked after their coronavirus test and now will remain so until at least the next week, the ministry added.

Earlier in the week, opener Fakhar Zaman was ruled out of Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand after having developed a fever ahead of the team’s departure.

The batsman, however, has tested negative for COVID-19, but was still ruled out as a precautionary measure, Pakistan Cricket Board said.

“The decision to withdraw Fakhar from the tour was made keeping the health of the rest of the squad members as a top priority,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

Pakistan are due to play three Twenty20 internationals and two tests from Dec. 18, while a Pakistan ‘A’ tour will also be held concurrently.

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