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Pakistan’s touring get together within the UK is about to get larger after six extra gamers who returned two successive damaging Covid-19 checks turned eligible to affix the preliminary squad of 20 in Worcester.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz all underwent a second check inside three days on Monday, following a primary damaging check last week. All of the gamers are presently in isolation at a five-star resort in Lahore and are prone to fly out later this week to England.
Presently, the 18 gamers who returned two negatives in addition to two reserve gamers – Musa Khan and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir – are a part of the group of 20 who flew to Manchester on a chartered airplane organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The tour group additionally consists of 11 support-staff members. Whereas head coach Misbah-ul-Haq flew with the squad from Lahore, bowling coach Waqar Younis and physiotherapist Cliff Deacon arrived in England from Australia and South Africa respectively.
Among the many gamers that can now be part of the squad, Hafeez and Riaz had earlier examined themselves at a personal laboratory within the wake of their returning constructive outcomes after the primary spherical of testing by the PCB. Though the re-test got here again damaging, the board did not think about the end result legitimate because the checks had been carried out exterior the testing protocols.
In the meantime, Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan have examined constructive, however are believed to be asymptomatic and are in isolation. They are going to be examined once more in just a few days, with gamers needing to return two damaging checks to turn out to be eligible for choice.
Workforce masseur Malang Ali has additionally examined constructive twice whereas his back-up Mohammad Imran has examined constructive as soon as. Each will stay in Pakistan to complete one other spherical of testing. The group that reached England late final week additionally underwent a contemporary spherical of testing on Monday, and are awaiting their check outcomes.
The tour contains three Check matches and three T20Is in August and September. All six video games will probably be performed behind closed doorways.