The Pakistan cricket contingent saw six members test positive for the coronavirus ahead of the series against New Zealand.
The Pakistan cricket contingent has seen six members test positive for the coronavirus in New Zealand. It is unclear whether the six members are players or other members in the Pakistan cricket team contingent that have arrived in New Zealand. According to a press release by New Zealand Cricket, the six members of the contingent are coronavirus positive at the isolation facility in Christchurch. Due to this outbreak, the training rights for the Pakistan cricket team have been revoked and they will have to be in total isolation.
A similar situation had happened with the West Indies team when they were mingling with other players in the isolation facility in violation of the social distancing norms set out by New Zealand at the Christchurch facility. The training of the West Indies team was suspended for a brief period of time. New Zealand Cricket also revealed that some members of the Pakistan contingent had "contravened protocols" on day one of their managed isolation. "We will be having discussions with the tourists to assist them in understanding the requirements," the release said. A New Zealand Ministry of Health release said these breaches of protocol had been caught on CCTV, and that the team has been issued a "final warning."
According to media reports, the six members who have tested positive will be moved to the quarantine wing of the isolation facility in Christchurch and the Pakistan cricket team will not be allowed to train until the tests turn out to be negative.
Pakistan are due to play three T20Is on December 18, 20 and 22 in Auckland, Hamilton and Napier respectively, before playing two Tests in Mount Maunganui (December 26-30) and Christchurch (January 3-7). The series preceding this will see West Indies take on New Zealand in three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests in Hamilton and Wellington.
All members of the Pakistan contingent who flew out of Lahore had returned negative results from four separate tests. However, Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was forced to miss the tour as he showed symptoms of the coronavirus just before departure and as a precaution, the team did not take him to New Zealand.