Pakistan's tour to England in doubt

Pakistan's tour of England in doubt
Lahore: Pakistan's tour to England is under threat after three of the players tested positive for coronavirus.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed three players – Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan – have tested positive for Covid-19.

The players had shown no symptoms until they were tested in Rawalpindi on Sunday ahead of the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s tour to England.

The three players quarantined themselve immediately after test results.

But if more members of Pakistan's 29-man squad for the visit to England – comprising three Tests in August and three Twenty20 internationals – are diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday, there is a danger the tour could be called off altogether, leaving the ECB in desperate straits as they attempt to mitigate financial losses during the pandemic.

The whole squad and the backroom staff, were tested on Sunday, with the rest of the results expected shortly.

Those who test negative will then be tested again in Lahore on Thursday, and only another negative result will permit them access to the charter flight.