A tragic news for Pakistan’s cricket board, ahead of their tour to England, 7 more of their cricketers have tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, 3 Pakistani cricketers, namely Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan, had tested positive for the virus.
On Tuesday, cricketers including Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, and Wahab Riaz, tested positive for Coronavirus.
The news has come out as a huge shock for the cricket board of Pakistan as the players were to travel to England on June 28 for a full tour. In a media conference, Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB) CEO, Wasim Khan confirmed the news. He said:
“Like Haider, Haris and Shadab none of the seven players and masseur had reported any prior symptoms of Covid-19 until they underwent first round of testing on Monday ahead of the side’s departure for Manchester.”
“The PCB medical panel is already in contact with these players and the masseur, who have been instructed to observe strict quarantine at their homes for their and their families’ wellbeing,”
“The recent positive tests of some of the fittest athletes, who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses,”
Wasim Khan also said that if Coronavirus can happen to these cricketers than it can happen to anyone. He said:
“It is not a great situation to be in and what it shows is these are 10 fit and young athletes…if it can happen to players it can happen to anyone,”
Apart from this, a support staff member, masseur Malang Ali, had also tested positive for COVID-19.
As soon as the news came out, social media was already flooded with the reactions of Twitterati on this. Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
10 out of the 29 cricket players selected for Pakistan's tour of England test positive for Covid-19
provides another insight into the real scale of pandemic in Pakistan
a randomized survey had also found very high infection rates a few weeks ago
— Atif Mian (@AtifRMian) June 23, 2020
— Dennis Ethan (@dens_Ethan) June 23, 2020
Praying for you all ??
May Allah bless you guys with a speedy recovery in sha Allah@MHafeez22 @WahabViki @FakharZamanLive @76Shadabkhan @iMRizwanPak @MHasnainPak @HarisRauf14 @iamhaideraly @ImeeK218 & Kashif.
A humble request to all reading this please #StayHomeStaySafe ??
— Bismah Maroof (@maroof_bismah) June 23, 2020
Inshallah get well soon all boys
— Hashir Fareed10 (@hashirfareed10) June 23, 2020
One more very huge shocking news for Pakistan cricket that seven more cricketers are infected by COVID 19. They are Imran Khan (Jr), Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain and Mohammad Rizwan.#COVID__19 #PakistanCricket
— Hunain Saleh (@hunain_saleh) June 23, 2020
Probably the end of chances to held world T20 ?get well soon https://t.co/G7zA0fhPZg
— @Wassa (@wassa_nao) June 23, 2020
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that seven more cricketers.On Monday, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, and Haris Rauf had tested positive.
The new names on the list are Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, and Imran Khan pic.twitter.com/8CuCIBVNml
— Cricket Updates!! (@SyedSam30182221) June 23, 2020
Further seven players from the Pakistan squad have tested positive – Fakhar Zaman,Mohammad Hafeez,Imran Khan,Kashif Bhatti,Mohammad Hasnain,Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz – wishing them a speedy recovery too!
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 23, 2020
Now, this is shocking, seven more cricketers; Muhammad Hafeez, Wahab, Riaz Kashif Bhatti, Muhammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Rizwan & Imran Khan have been tested positive of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/2Qoj0ZFixi
— Ali Asghar (@AllureAliAsghar) June 23, 2020