Pakistan’s touring contingent to New Zealand seems to be in severe trouble after 3 more members of the Pakistan squad tested positive for coronavirus. Out of 54 members, now a total of nine cricketers are infected with coronavirus. The Pakistan cricket team is in New Zealand for a tour starting on December 18 with a 3-match T20I series and a 2-match Test series, ending on January 7.
The New Zealand health authorities confirmed that three people have returned positive while one result is still pending. “But the main thing is these three positive results are under investigation to find out whether they are historical cases or new infections” said an official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The 34-member touring squad arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday, November 24. All 54 members were instructed to follow the mandatory 14-day quarantine at the Hilton hotel. “The team as a whole has been issued with a final warning. It is a privilege to come to New Zealand to play sport, but in return, teams must stick to the rules that are designed to keep COVID-19 out of our communities and keep our staff safe,” said New Zealand’s director-general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield who reportedly had slammed Pakistan for not respecting the guidelines set by the authorities.
The visiting team is not allowed to train until the Canterbury DHB medical officer of health is satisfied that any training activities are unlikely to transmit coronavirus. “Not being able to train is not a punishment, that was a requirement anyway for the first three days.” Dr Ashley commented.