WELLINGTON: Six members of Pakistan’s touring squad have tested positive for COVID-19, New Zealand Cricket confirmed Thursday, throwing preparations for the series into turmoil.
“Two of these six results have been deemed “historical”; four have been confirmed as new,” New Zealand Cricket said.
“This means that, in line with the protocols governing the squad’s entry into New Zealand, the six members of the squad will be moved to the quarantine arm of the managed isolation facility.
“As a consequence, the Pakistan team’s exemption to train while in managed isolation has been put on hold until investigations have been completed.
“Prior to leaving Lahore, all members of the Pakistan touring squad returned negative results on the four occasions they were tested.
“Separately, NZC has also been made aware that some members of the Pakistan team had contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation. We will be having discussions with the tourists to assist them in understanding the requirements.”
Reacting to the development, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan said he is in contact with Pakistan cricketers and has directed them to follow COVID-19 protocols.
Wasim Khan said rules in New Zealand are strict and the players should follow them by remaining under quarantine.