SOUTHAMPTON: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has placed Mohammad Hafeez in isolation for breaching protocol of social distancing in England.
Pakistan men’s national cricket team in a statement said that Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account, it added.
“As it was evident from the photograph that Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test.
“Hafeez underwent the Covid-19 test late Wednesday afternoon and the result is expected at some stage on Thursday,” said the PCB.
It said that the decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him. The team management believed it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series, said the board.
“The team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision.”
Hafeez is not amongst the 20 players shortlisted for the ongoing three-match Test series against England.