The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to continue the tour of New Zealand despite the national team not being given exemption for group training.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health said the Pakistani contingent would maintain isolation in Christchurch and would not be exempt from group training.
He says the decision was made because of concerns about the spread of the virus to other members of the squad.
Out of the 54-member Pakistan squad in New Zealand, 44 members tested negative, out of which six players tested positive, while four cases are of historical nature and are not very active cases.
The Pakistani team’s quarantine period will end on December 9, and even after the expiration of the term, allowing the team into the group team depends on whether the New Zealand government allows it or not.
On the other hand, the players are suffering from depression due to lack of permission for Pakistan team training and continuous isolation, after which the top officials of the PCB talked to captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.
Top PCB officials have decided to continue the tour of New Zealand after talking to the team management.
The PCB expressed disappointment over the decision not to allow the national squad to continue training, but head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam assured the PCB of continued support for the tour of New Zealand.
The captain and head coach say it is a difficult time, hopefully things will improve in New Zealand and training will be allowed in three or four days.
According to popular cricket website Kirk Info, PCB chief executive officer Wasim Khan in a statement described New Zealand cricket’s decision as “disappointing”.
Wasim Khan also questioned the non-granting of training exemptions to players who tested negative, while also saying that he did not make any announcement regarding the 44 members of the squad who tested negative. While positive cases were immediately reported.
Ashley Bloomfield, director general of the New Zealand Department of Health, said the team had decided not to allow training after examining the situation.
He said that the Pakistan team had reported several active cases which were detrimental to public health and the Pakistan team would now have to spend four more days in isolation.
It should be noted that today is the tenth day of quarantine of the Pakistan team which arrived in New Zealand on November 24.
Ashley Bloomfield added that not being allowed to train is a difficult moment for the Pakistani team and we applaud the Pakistani team’s morale.
The 10 members who are being questioned are undergoing health check-ups on a daily basis.
The fourth Code-19 test of 43 members took place in Christchurch on Thursday, while a member of the Auckland team was tested there.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has instructed the national squad to complete its 14-day isolation period at the hotel.
The national squad will not train during isolation.
It may be recalled that when the Pakistan team arrived in New Zealand to play T20 and Test series, six players were found to be infected with the corona virus.
After the test of these members was positive, the exemption given to the national team for training in isolation was withdrawn.
Of the six players who tested positive, two had old cases but were not active, while four had active cases.
The New Zealand Cricket Board had issued a final warning to the players for violating quarantine restrictions and further violations could end the national team’s tour.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan had warned the New Zealand team after six players tested positive that the team would be sent back if the guidelines on Corona were not followed. ۔
The PCB chief executive said: “It is a matter of national honor and respect for the country and it would be disgraceful if they sent the team back from New Zealand.”
However, due to the responsible behavior of the players, the national squad was allowed to walk again and the sports staff and players could walk at specific times for their respective groups.
Permission to walk was granted to those members of the squad who failed two consecutive tests.
The national squad had not yet recovered from the initial setback when another member tested positive for corona on Saturday, but this time no one was reported to have violated the protocol.
A few days after another member of the national team tested positive, the national team was instructed to remain in isolation.
The 53-member Pakistani contingent, led by Babar Azam, had to stay in quarantine for two weeks after arriving in New Zealand on November 24.
The Pakistani team left for New Zealand on November 23 for a series of three T20s and two Tests.
The national team will play T20 matches in Auckland, Hamilton and Napier on December 18, 20 and 22, respectively, followed by two Test matches against the hosts.
The first Test of the series will start on Boxing Day on December 26, while the second Test will be played in Christchurch from January 3.