Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has yet again involved himself in COVID-19 related problems by breaching biosecurity protocols. He was guilty of posing for a photo with an elderly lady at the golf course adjacent to the team hotel at the Ageas Bowl.
Hafeez posted the photo on Twitter this morning with the caption, “Met an inspirational young lady today morning [sic] at golf course. She is 90+ & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine.”
While players have been permitted to use the golf course at the Ageas Bowl, they have been advised to avoid interaction with anyone outside the biosecure bubble, since the course is still open to the public.
The Pakistan Cricket Board released a statement soon afterwards, which read:
“This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account.
“As it was evident from the photograph that Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test. Hafeez underwent the Covid-19 test late Wednesday afternoon and the result is expected at some stage on Thursday.
“The decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him. The team management believes it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series.
“The team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision.”
Before their trip to England, Hafeez tested positive for COVID-19, before deciding to get tested privately himself and returning a negative test. He then returned two more negative tests conducted by the PCB, meaning he was allowed to travel to the UK. He is slated to be seen in action later this month when Pakistan play England in the 3-match T20 series.