The Pakistan cricket squad has been allowed to depart managed isolation to start its preparation for Twenty20 and Test series against New Zealand.
All members of the squad tested unfavourable on the 12th day of their 14-day keep in isolation and will likely be allowed to journey to the South Island resort of Queenstown, the place they’ll now practice as a group.
The team’s exemption to coach in smaller teams after the third day in isolation was revoked by New Zealand health authorities when gamers breached protocols by mingling in corridors and sharing meals. Six members of the 53-strong squad tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival and two extra subsequently returned positive assessments and had been moved to the quarantine wing of their lodge.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health reported 52 members of the Pakistan squad will likely be launched from the quarantine services in Christchurch on Tuesday.
“One case will stay within the Christchurch quarantine facility till absolutely recovered,” the ministry stated in a press release. “One individual repeatedly tested unfavourable and is being launched from the Auckland quarantine facility as we speak, the place they’d been transferred on arrival as a precaution.”
‘Very low danger‘
That individual is reported to have proven signs of COVID after arriving in New Zealand from Dubai, however, has since tested unfavourable.
“After in-depth testing and completion of their time in managed isolation in Christchurch, the … medical officer of health is happy these folks pose a really low danger to the group,” the ministry stated.
“High skilled athletes require a sure surrounding to organize in order that they’ll carry out on the minimal anticipated ranges each time they signify their nations,” Misbah stated in a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
New Zealand is presently main a two-Test series against West Indies and can host Pakistan in three T20s on December 18, 20 and 22 earlier than a two-Test collection beginning December 26.
New Zealand’s borders have been closed to all however returning New Zealand residents and residents, although exemptions have been allowed within the case of the touring West Indies and Pakistan groups. New Zealand has had solely 25 deaths from COVID-19 and presently has no group circumstances.
“There isn’t any denying the truth that the implementation of sure laws has affected our athletes, each mentally and bodily previous to a global collection,” Misbah stated. “I wish to praise my gamers and the administration group for his or her endurance, sacrifices and the hardships they’ve endured to make sure they do not solely lead the protected resumption of worldwide cricket throughout the COVID-19 pandemic but in addition attempt to give their finest each time they step on the sphere.