PCB CEO expresses disappointment after squad denied permission to train


Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (CEO) Wasim Khan has firmly expressed disappointment with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) officials after the Pakistan squad was disallowed to train in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).

44 members out of 54 have reportedly tested negative for the fourth time. CEO also showed concern as the Pakistan squad Day 9 swab testing results have not been made public yet as the team underwent testing yesterday.

“I have contacted NZC and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. I have expressed frustration over not being allowed to train,” Wasim said.

“Further it is disappointing that NZ health ministry has not made public the results of team’s fourth COVID-19 test,” he added.

The health ministry has instructed the national squad to complete its 14-day isolation period at the hotel and they will not train during isolation which will end of December 8.

New Zealand DG Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said that the Pakistani team has cases of COVID-19 which are likely to spread, so the team cannot be allowed to leave the hotel in groups. He hoped Pakistani team would accept the difficult decision.

44 members have returned negative while the remaining 10 are COVID-19 positive. Out of 10, six members are active cases while four were declared historical (non-infectious) cases.

These 10 members are undergoing a health check-up on a daily basis and didn’t undergo swab testing on Thursday.

Pakistan and New Zealand are scheduled to play three T20I and two Tests from November 18 in Auckland.

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