KARACHI: English cricketer and Karachi Kings batsman Alex Hales has refuted reports of his contracting the viral infection, novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a tweet, he slammed all such reports and comments by saying, “Stop spreading fake news (about me), (this is) dangerous behavior.”
He was among those overseas 10 players who had left the mega cricket event after the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that anyone willing to leave the league this year could do so.
In a detailed update on his situation, Alex Hales shared a statement written on his behalf. He said viewing the speculation and rumour that were circulating within the cricket world and on social media, he felt the need to give a full explanation of his situation.
“Like many other overseas players, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League (PSL) early because with COVID-19 reaching a global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family rather than face a period of lockdown thousands of miles from home.
“I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus.
“However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough,” he said.