Cricket: Pakistan team on their “final warning”

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By Neeladri Bhattacharjee

After breaking managed isolation rules in Christchurch, the Pakistani cricketers are said to be on their “final warning”, according to reports from New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health said “several” members of the Pakistan men’s cricket team were seen breaking the rules on CCTV cameras, but the ministry did not provide detail of what rules were broken.

 

The breaches happened despite “clear, consistent and detailed communication of expected behaviors”, a spokeswoman said. Thursday was their third day in isolation at the Chateau on the Park hotel in Christchurch.

Earlier, six Pakistani cricketers have tested positive on the New Zealand tour. According to News Agencies in New Zealand, the names of the players have not been disclosed, but they are in isolation. Four of them have been new cases, while two are “historical”, according to NZC.

According to reports, all Pakistani players were tested four times before their departure from Lahore to New Zealand and were negative on each occasion.

New Zealand Cricket said while the positive cases were disappointing, their early discovery showed New Zealand government protocols around touring teams are working.

“Separately, NZC has also been made aware that some members of the Pakistan team had contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation. We will be having discussions with the tourists to assist them in understanding the requirements,” New Zealand Cricket said in a statement.


“NZC considers public health and safety to be paramount in the hosting of international teams and is supportive of the Ministry of Health and government position.”

Pakistan will play 2 test matches and three Twenty20 internationals against the Black Caps beginning on Dec. 18, at Auckland.