The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed earlier today that three Pakistani Cricketers have been tested positive for COVID-19. Pakistani upcoming talent Haider Ali, along with Haris Rauf, the right arm quick who had a stellar Big Bash League last season with the Melbourne Stars, and leg spinner Shadab Khan are the unfortunate victims to have been tested positive for the virus ahead of the tour to England. It has been reported that the players were asymptomatic and were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday.
PCB released a statement which read, “The PCB medical panel is in contact with the three who have been advised to immediately go into self-isolation. Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari, also screened in Rawalpindi, have tested negative and, as such, will travel to Lahore on June 24.”
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Haider, who was Pakistan’s star in the Under-19 World Cup, has received his maiden call-up to the national side as PCB named a 29-member squad for three Tests and three T20Is. Haider has played seven first-class games and has 645 runs at an average close to 50. Rauf, who had a sensation stint at the Big Bash League, has played two T20Is so far, and has impressed with his pace. Among the three, Shadab is the most experienced in the troika having played 88 internationals so far.
Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari have tested negative for COVID-19 while the board is waiting for the results of Shoaib Malik and Waqar Younis.