Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan has warned Pakistan players on Thursday, that they will terminate their stay after the Pakistan players breached protocols in New Zealand. At least six Pakistani players tested positive on Thursday. Two of them already had a history of having the virus.
Also, some players were even seen breaching protocols upon their arrival in the country leading to an investigation on the incident.
Later, the NZ government also warned Wasim Khan of deporting Pakistani players if they breach the bio-bubble protocols again.
ESPN CricInfo managed to get hold of a voice message of Wasim Khan. In the audio, Khan said while addressing players that the incident was ‘hugely embarrassing’.
“Boys, I spoke to the New Zealand government and they told us there were three or four breaches of protocols,” Wasim Khan said in the voice note.
“They have a zero-tolerance policy and they’ve given us a final warning. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, and you went through similar conditions in England. It’s not easy. But this is a matter of the nation’s respect and credibility. Observe these 14 days and then you’ll have the freedom to go to restaurants and roam about freely. They have told me in clear terms that if we commit one more breach, they’ll send us home.” he concluded.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) even issued a statement and divulged that some members of the touring party breached the protocols.
New Zealand’s director-general of health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement, “It is a privilege to come to New Zealand to play sport, but in return, teams must stick to the rules that are designed to keep Covid-19 out of our communities”.