CHRISTCHURCH: A seventh member of the Pakistan touring squad has tested positive for coronavirus days after six members reported positive, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday.
“The remainder of results from the squad’s day-three swab testing, apart from those who have already returned a positive result, are negative,” NZ’s Health Ministry said.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan had told the team that the New Zealand government has given them a “final warning” after the side breached quarantine protocols. Khan warned the players that “they’ll send us home” if the team commits one more breach.
The Pakistan cricket team had arrived in Christchurch on Tuesday for a month-long tour of New Zealand.
The squad led by Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam was under a mandatory 14-day quarantine period as per COVID-19 protocol.
Pakistan are slated to play three T20Is on December 18, 20, and 22, and the ICC World Test Championship fixtures will be held in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch on December 26-30 and January 3-7, respectively.