Kashif Bhatti has been allowed to rejoin the Pakistan squad, after a scare over a constructive Covid-19 Test within the UK had left him self-isolating from the remainder of the squad as a precaution.
The left-arm spinner had travelled to England with a delayed third batch of gamers after initially testing constructive in Pakistan in exams performed beneath the PCB’s protocols. Having examined damaging twice subsequently beneath these protocols, in addition to as soon as with the airline he was travelling on, Bhatti was cleared to fly to the UK.
However, an preliminary take a look at on arrival within the UK, this time performed beneath ECB protocols, returned a constructive consequence and Bhatti was requested to self-isolate from the remainder of the squad in Worcester. Two extra exams since, nevertheless, have each returned damaging and so he is been allowed to combine with the squad. There was confusion over the preliminary constructive take a look at within the UK however an ECB spokesperson mentioned it was “for the remnants of a previous Covid-19 infection”.
“The player had returned a positive test result for the remnants of a previous Covid-19 infection and in consultation with Public Health England and a virologist, a safety-first approach was taken to isolate the player,” the spokesperson mentioned. “The player has now returned a second negative test with no risk of infection to other players and staff.”
Bhatti had travelled to the UK with Haider Ali and Imran Khan in addition to Malang Ali, the staff masseur, all of whom had been among the many group of players and support staff who returned constructive exams in Pakistan. A second batch of players – which included Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz – examined damaging on the retest and arrived within the UK after a second damaging take a look at, a couple of days after the bulk of the squad landed on June 29.
Bhatti and the others had examined constructive in retests in Pakistan and duly needed to wait till two damaging exams earlier than they might fly out. They arrived within the UK on July eight and Bhatti had been in self-isolation separate from the squad since then, though he was within the staff lodge. He didn’t practice and when the staff travelled to Derby from Worcester, he did so individually from them. Haider and Imran had reintegrated into the squad earlier, having examined damaging on arrival.
Pakistan’s squad has undergone a number of exams since their arrival within the UK, as a part of the ECB’s protocols to make sure the protection of their biosecure bubble.