Spinner Kashif Bhatti joins Pak squad after testing COVID unfavorable


London, July 16

Pakistan left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti has been allowed to affix the remainder of the squad in Worcester after testing unfavorable for COVID-19 twice as per the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) protocols.

The 33-year-old had earlier examined constructive after arriving within the UK with a delayed third batch of Pakistani gamers for the collection beginning subsequent month.

Bhatti arrived right here late after testing constructive again dwelling in Pakistan. He was cleared to fly to the UK after testing unfavorable twice as per the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) protocols.

But after touchdown within the UK, his preliminary check outcomes performed below ECB protocols turned out constructive, forcing him to self-isolate from the remainder of the Pakistan squad in Worcester.

But he’s now being allowed to combine with the staff after consecutive unfavorable outcomes.

“The player had returned a positive test result for the remnants of a previous COVID-19 infection and in consultation with Public Health England and a virologist, a safety-first approach was taken to isolate the player,” an ECB spokesperson mentioned.

“The player has now returned a second negative test with no risk of infection to other players and staff.”

Bhatti flew to the UK together with fellow cricketers Haider Ali and Imran Khan, apart from staff masseur Malang Ali. All these people had initially examined constructive in Pakistan.

The bulk of the Pakistan squad landed right here on June 29 whereas a second batch of gamers, together with Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz, all of whom examined unfavorable on the retest, arrived just a few days later.

The third batch of Pakistani gamers and help workers arrived right here on July 8.

Pakistan are scheduled to play a three-match Test collection in opposition to England to be held in a bio-secure setting, beginning August 5 at Manchester. PTI



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