Three Pakistan cricketers test positive for coronavirus

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan celebrates after taking the wicket of Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lords on July 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The not so positive news

Ahead of their upcoming tour to England, three Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for Coronavirus.

Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan and Haider Ali all tested positive for coronavirus. All of whom were asymptomatic and have been told to self-isolate immediately.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Shadab Khan of Pakistan(R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Mashrafe Mortaza of Bangladesh with Sarfaraz Ahmed of Pakistan during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lords on July 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Shadab Khan, a leg-spinner by trade, is the established member of the team out of the three with positive results. Seam bowler Rauf has played only two T20Is while highly-rated opening batsman Ali had received his maiden call-up for the England tour. Shadab Khan Highlights V SA 2019

Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Haider Ali were all part of the tour to England, expected to play after the West Indies series.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 06: Haris Rauf of the Stars celebrates taking the wicket of Jay Lenton of the Sydney Thunder during the Big Bash League Challenger match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The PCB could now call up four standby players and continue their travel plans should further tests this week produce no positive cases.

There is little doubt that this has disrupted plans. The protocols and difficulties of having a touring party arrive safely are all too apparent.

They have since been based and training at Old Trafford in Manchester after arrival a fortnight ago. West Indies Tour of England

Earlier this month, former Pakistan captain and big-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi also tested positive for the virus. We wish that Afridi and the three Pakistan cricketers recover quickly.

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