Pakistan team banned from training while in isolation

The Pakistan cricket team arriving in Christchurch. Photo / Twitter: Pakistan Cricket @TheRealPCB
The Pakistan cricket team arriving in Christchurch. Photo / Twitter: Pakistan Cricket @TheRealPCB
The Pakistan cricket team has been banned from training while in managed isolation following the string of positive Covid-19 tests among the squad.

The decision announced today comes as seven of the squad, which includes support staff, are infected with Covid-19. Early on Pakistan players also got themselves into trouble for breaching isolation rules.

Director-General of Health  Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed this afternoon he would not be granting the exemption which would allow the Pakistan men’s cricket team to leave their hotel to train in groups while completing their time in managed isolation in Christchurch.

"I have very carefully considered this situation.  At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad.

"There have been a number of active cases identified among the team. Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams.

"We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team," Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.


 

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