Southampton, Aug 12: Pakistan senior cricketer Mohammad Hafeez who is currently in England with Pakistan team has been asked to go into isolation and underwent COVID-19 test as he breached COVID-19 protocols put in place for the visiting team.
As the photograph posted by Mohammad Hafeez got viral on social media Pakistan Cricket Board issued a statement in which it said cricketer has been put into isolation.
“This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account, ” PCB statement said.
“As it was evident from the photograph that Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test, ” It said.
“Hafeez underwent the Covid-19 test late Wednesday afternoon and the result is expected at some stage on Thursday, ” PCB statement 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, ” PCB clarified.
The statement said that PCB has informed ECB about the incident.
“The team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision, ” It said.
Hafeez is not amongst the 20 players shortlisted for the ongoing three-match Test series against England.