3 Pakistani cricketers test positive for Covid-19 days before flying to England for the Test and T20 series

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In what will be a huge setback not just for Pakistan cricket, but also world cricket, 3 Pakistani players who were named in the touring party for the Test and T20 series in England were tested positive for Covid-19. Shadab Khan, Big Bash sensation Haris Rauf and youngster Haider Ali are the players in question and the bad news came in, just a week before they were to fly to the UK. Needless to say, all 3 have been sent for social isolation.

This puts the tour in jeopardy and also the return of World Cricket, especially in parts like India and Pakistan where the virus is at its peak right now. The West Indies has already reached English shores and International cricket is set to return on 8th July. While that is great news, the latest development with regards to Pakistani players just proves again that everything isn’t hunky dory.

Pakistan's Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan test positive ...
Source: BBC

There are stark challenges that all boards will face and while the show must go on, the question is, at what cost? Earlier Haris Sohail and Mohammed Amir had refused to be a part of the squad due to personal reasons and frankly, they can’t be blamed. This news for sure will have ripple effects in the entire cricketing world and recently the sudden spurge in cases in Melbourne will seal the fate of the T20 World Cup this year.

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