Pakistan Cricket Team Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq has tested positive for Covid-19 in Kingston after the completion of Pakistan versus West Indies Test series. Consequently, the coach would have to complete a 10-day quarantine before flying back home, while the rest of the Pakistan squad leaves for Lahore on Wednesday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) breaking the news about Misbah-ul-Haq informed that the 47-year old, who tested positive for Covid-19 in the pre-departure RT-PCR test is asymptomatic. He will travel back after clearing his isolation period and clearing the required Covid tests.
“Misbah was the only Pakistan squad member who failed two pre-departure PCR tests. All other members will leave Jamaica as per schedule later today (Wednesday),” PCB stated in an official release.
“The PCB is constantly in touch with Cricket West Indies who have confirmed that Misbah will be shifted to another hotel for the 10-day quarantine with a medical specialist assigned to look after his health and wellbeing.”
Meanwhile, the Pakistan team completed their West Indies tour and are travelling back with a 1-0 T20I series win and a Test series draw. After the hosts won the thrilling first Test, the visitors levelled it in the final game of the serious with a comprehensive 109-run victory on Tuesday.
Fawad Alam and Shaheen Afridi turned out to be the stars of the second match of the Test cricket series. Shaheen Afridi weaved magic with his bowling, scalping 10 wickets in the second Test match to help the team thrash West Indies and seal the victory. He also became only the second left-arm Pakistan pacer to achieve the feat during the game. Fawad Alam ensured the team had set up a robust total to defend by hammering an unbeaten 124 runs, which played an instrumental role in helping the team seal the victory.
Pakistan is next scheduled to host New Zealand for a white-ball series comprising three ODIs and five T20Is starting September 17. Following this, Pakistan is also expected to host England for two T20Is ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October, and Australia early next year.
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