PCB launches probe into players’ COVID cases in New Zealand

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The Pakistan Cricket Board has launched an investigation into how 10 players have been tested positive with COVID-19 after arriving in New Zealand.

The investigation was launched after it emerged that some players from one or two teams in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy continued to complain of coughing, fever and sneezing – signs of possible COVID-19 infection – a few days before they left for New Zealand.

“These players were diagnosed with bacterial infections due to the changing climate and were later found to be without the COVID-19 test conducted in Lahore by the board.

“But they were found to be COVID positive after arriving in Christchurch where the entire group was detained in a controlled area after ten positive tests,” a PCB source said.

He said some of the players who complained for the flu while playing in the home tournament in Pakistan were tested positive when they arrived in Christchurch.

What’s fascinating here is that most of the players were from two provincial teams and some of them played for the same franchise in the Pakistan Super League.

In fact, the source confirmed that a foreign player who played for the particular franchise also faces eight days of quarantine after returning positive results when he arrived in his home country.

Pakistan’s abandoned Pacer, Sohail Tanvir, who played in the PSL, was also tested positive after arriving in Colombo in the Lanka Premier League.

Although he was back later, his franchise Kandy and his medical officials advised him to return home because resuming cricket would be like taking a risk.

Tanvir also confirmed his return.

The PCB is facing criticism for sending a squad that included 35 top-level Pakistani players and A squads and an estimated 18 officials on a flight to New Zealand.

Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman had to miss out on the trip after complaining of fever, flu and other symptoms associated with COVID-19 while staying at a club hotel in Lahore while the team was preparing to travel to Auckland.

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