Breaking: Six Pakistani Cricketers Test COVID Positive In New Zealand

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New Zealand revokes the team’s ability to train in isolation, ahead of the NZ-Pak match series

By Moyurie Som | 4.45 p.m. Nov. 26

  • Six Pakistani cricketers test COVID positive ahead of Pak-NZ T20I and test match series in New Zealand
  • They can no longer train under isolation, according to New Zealand Cricket

Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Cricket announced on Thursday that six players of Pakistan’s national cricket team tested positive for the coronavirus while in isolation in Christchurch.

The six COVID-positive players have been moved into quarantine.

“As a consequence, the Pakistan team’s exemption to train while in managed isolation has been put on hold until investigations have been completed,” New Zealand Cricket said.

New Zealand’s Health Ministry added that “several team members have been seen on CCTV at the facility breaching managed isolation rules, despite clear, consistent and detailed communication of expected behaviours”, as reported by Al Jazeera.

The ministry also said that 54 players were screened for symptoms before their arrival in New Zealand. Upon arrival, they were tested for the virus. Out of the six positive results, the ministry said they believed two to be ‘historical’.

This comes ahead of the three T20Is between Pakistan and New Zealand scheduled to take place in Auckland on Dec. 18, 2020, along with a two-Test series between Dec. 26 and Jan. 7, 2021.

(With inputs from Al Jazeera)