Former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its players, saying their unprofessional approach during practice led to the positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the squad.
PCB on Tuesday said 7 more players after the initial batch of 3 players tested positive for Covid-19 following tests conducted in Lahore on Monday in the lead up to the England tour.
A total of 10 players were found to be tested positive for the novel coronavirus but Mohammad Hafeez on Wednesday said he tested negative for the virus when he got himself tested for 2nd opinion in personal capacity.
Rashid Latif, who played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs, said he saw players who tested positive for Covid-19 practicing outdoors together and sensed there would be a problem in the wake of the pandemic.
“Players who have tested positive were practising outside together, so there was bound to be a problem.
Unprofessional approach from PCB and players is to blame for these positive COVID-19 tests,” Latif said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
“I also went to the ground for one day, but I maintained my distance with Rohail Nazir. You have to follow the protocols and keep distance,” he added.
Pakistan announced a 29-member squad for the England tour wherein they will play 3 Tests and a T20I series from August.
Initially, 3 players Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan were revealed to have tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. In the second batch of results that were published by the PCB on Tuesday, further 7 names Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz were found to be tested positive for Covid-19 along with support staff.
Despite the positive Covid-19 test results, Pakistan are confident of touring England this summer. PCB CEO Wasim Khan said the squad, barring the Covid-19 positive players will leave for England as scheduled on June 28 from Lahore.
PCB said it will test players once again on June 25 in bio-secure environment in Lahore and the ones who return negative results will be able to fly to England.
Players who have tested positive for the virus and the ones who may test positive on June 25 will be asked to isolate at their homes and be monitored strictly by the PCB medical team.
They will be allowed to join the squad in England at a later date after the completion of the mandatory isolation period and subsequent negative results in 2 Covid-19 tests.