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Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Haider Ali test positive for COVID-19

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Monday that three Pakistan internationals — Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Haider Ali — have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the tour of England. The players were tested on Sunday in Rawalpindi and were asymptomatic.

Apart from these three cricketers, the Board is now awaiting the results of three other players whose Tests were done in Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore.

“The PCB medical panel is in contact with the three who have been advised to immediately go into self-isolation,” the PCB said in the release. “Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari, also screened in Rawalpindi, have tested negative and, as such, will travel to Lahore on June 24.”

Haider Ali, who played for Pakistan U-19 in the U-19 World Cup earlier this year and also has 645 first-class runs to his name in seven games, had received his maiden call up to the national side for Pakistan’s tour of England, which comprises of three Tests and an equal number of T20Is.

Shadab is an experienced campaigner with 88 internationals to his name and Rauf, who had an impressive outing in the Big Bash League in Australia, has played two T20 internationals too.

Pakistan are supposed to play the three Tests in Lord’s, Manchester and Nottingham respectively whereas Leeds, Cardiff and Southampton are the venues for the three T20Is.

Prasenjit Dey is freelance cricket journalist based out of Kolkata, India. Cricket runs through his veins and writing has always been his passion. He is now a part of both worlds, trying to make a difference by writing on the nitty-gritty of the game.

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