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September 20, 2020

Faisal Iqbal, Wasim Haider quarantined after Covid-19 protocols breach

Sports

September 20, 2020

KARACHI: Balochistan head coach Faisal Iqbal and assistant coach Wasim Haider have been quarantined at Lahore Country Club, Murdike, for breaching the Covid-19 protocols.

They will be tested twice over the next five days and will be required to return negative results in both tests before they are allowed to join the team in Multan.

Both Faisal and Wasim will bear the costs of these tests.

Head of PCB Covid-19 Medical Team Dr Riaz Ahmed said the Pakistan Cricket Board had zero tolerance policy and would take stern action against those who breached the Covid-19 protocols over the course of the season.

“The strict implementation of these protocols, which have been designed after meticulous planning, is the need of the hour. Such breaches have the potential to put the whole season in jeopardy and, more importantly, the lives of fellow players, coaches and all those associated with the game in danger.

“This should be a message for everyone involved in the upcoming season that the PCB will take strict action against anyone who decides to go against the protocols. As we are in unprecedented times, this season is going to be different,” Riaz said.

Meanwhile, all players and player support personnel of the six Cricket Association First XI sides who were invited to their respective central stations have tested negative in their second Covid-19 tests.

They will now enter the bio-secure zone in which they will be able to interact with each other freely.

Balochistan and Sindh, who were stationed at Lahore Country Club, Murdike, will travel to Multan’s Ramada Hotel in team busses to join the other four sides.

Central Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal had requested to delay his admission in the bio-secure zone and, as such, his second Covid-19 test will be done on September 23. If he returns a negative result, Kamran will join his team on September 24. Like the other 102 squad members, Kamran had also tested negative in the first Covid-19 test.

From Sunday (today), the six teams will begin their training at the Multan Cricket Stadium and Inzamam-ul-Haq High Performance Centre to prepare for the National T20 Cup, which commences from September 30.