Opener Fakhar Zaman ruled out of New Zealand tour


Lahore: Opener Fakhar Zaman has been ruled out of the tour to New Zealand as he is suffering from fever and has not recovered in time for the Pakistan squad’s departure for the tour.

According to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the decision to withdraw Fakhar from the tour was made keeping the health of the rest of the squad members as a top priority.

Fakhar was isolated in the team hotel in Lahore as soon as his condition was detected and the PCB medical panel is in touch with Fakhar.

Team Dr. Sohail Saleem said that Fakhar’s COVID-19 test report was received on Saturday which came out negative but today he picked up a fever.

“As soon as his condition was reported, he was isolated from the rest of the squad in the team hotel. We are constantly monitoring his condition and remain hopeful of his quick recovery; however, he is not fit to travel with the squad and as such has been withdrawn from the touring party,” said Dr. Sohail.

It must be noted that the men’s team and Pakistan Shaheens squad will depart for New Zealand from Lahore in the wee hours of Monday morning.

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