Srinagar, December 7: After having cleared fifth COVID-19 test, there seems to be an end to the nightmare for Pakistan cricket team in New Zealand as they have been allowed to come out of isolation and move out to a training location on Tuesday.
The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in a statement released on Twitter said that the squad will leave managed isolation after the pending final approval of the Ministry of Health.
“The Pakistan squad’s fifth and final day 12, COVID-19 tests have all been returned as negative. As a consequence, and pending final Ministry of Health approval, the squad will leave managed isolation tomorrow, ” New Zealand Cricket posted on its official Twitter handle.
Pakistan players were not allowed to train in isolation after 10 members of the contingent tested positive in different phases of testing.
The squad is now going to fly to Queenstown where they will train and play intra-squad matches ahead of the three-match T20I series, starting from December 18.
However, one member of the squad who tested positive on the sixth day of their 14-day mandatory isolation would remain in the bio-secure facility until he returns negative tests.
“The squad will fly to Queenstown, where they will train ahead of the T20 and Test series against the BLACKCAPS. The member of the Pakistan squad who tested positive on Day 6 will remain in managed isolation until departing, negative tests permitting, ” Statement further said.
Pakistan cricket team Assistant coach Shahid Aslam has also been cleared to join the squad after he was taken into quarantine in Auckland after arriving from Dubai as he was feeling unwell.