The Pakistani cricket team that has been touring for their matches has managed to return negative in the fifth round of Covid tests. They will now be
The Pakistani cricket team that has been touring for their matches has managed to return negative in the fifth round of Covid tests. They will now be able to leave their managed isolation provided they are granted clearance from the Ministry of Health, as told by the New Zealand Cricket. Eight out of the fifty-three member Pakistani Squad were tested positive upon landing in New Zealand due to which they were placed under managed isolation and were also denied the right to train. NZC issued a statement saying that all the tests had returned negative and after the final approval by the Ministry of Health, the squad could leave their managed quarantine to fly to Queenstown for their training ahead of the T20 and Test series against the Kiwis. The team had cleared their fifth and final round of Covid tests that were conducted on the 12th day since their arrival in Auckland which no doubt was a big relief for the Pakistan Cricket Board.
On the 18th of December in Auckland, the Pakistani team has been scheduled to play three T20Is and which will be followed by two tests commencing on the day after Christmas.
Upon arrival, six members of the Pakistani Cricket Team had tested positive followed by two other members who also tested positive later. The Pakistani cricket was placed under quarantine soon after the test results. As per the NZC, one of the members who had been tested positive on the sixth day would be asked to remain in managed isolation until departure or negative test permitting. Another member of the squad was put under quarantine when he showed symptoms after arriving from Dubai to Auckland but was subsequently cleared to leave the facility after his test results came negative.
The head coach of the Pakistani cricket team Misbah-ul-Haq also voiced his concern over the lack of preparedness of his side as they were not allowed to train while in quarantine.
On the 24th of November, the whole contingent from Pakistan was tested out of which six turned out to be positive for coronavirus. A final warning was given to the team after tight quarantine restrictions were breached by them which in turn had a negative effect on their training for their upcoming matches which will be starting from 18th of December onwards, ending on 7th of January.
An investigation is being conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board into how so many players were tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon landing in Auckland.
New Zealand is one of the very few countries that has managed to remain relatively unaffected by the spread of COVID19 as compared to many countries over the world which are still struggling to get an upper hand over the situation. New Zealand was one of the first countries to open cricket stadiums to let the spectators enjoy the cricket matches after the grilling lockdown. Many photos were shared over social media showing the crowd enjoying the match sans masks.