Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Pakistani cricketer in isolation for breaking distancing rules

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been placed in isolation on the eve of the second Test against England after breaching social distancing guidelines by posing for a photograph with an elderly golfer.

Hafeez smiled for a photo with a woman who he identified as “90+ and living her life healthy” after the pair met during a round at the golf course, which adjoins the Ageas Bowl - site of this week’s Test match.

Hafeez is not part of the red-ball squad, and has instead traveled as part of the limited-overs group playing matches later this month, but his actions still represent a breach of strict rules governing the "bio-secure bubble."

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a statement saying it has tested Hafeez for COVID-19 and will allow him to rejoin the group if he is negative.

The PCB said “the decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him. The team management believes it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series.”

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