Pakistani Squad allowed to start training after getting released from Isolation.
After a compulsory managed isolation, the Pakistani Squad is allowed to start training after getting released from the isolation. New Zealand health ministry on Tuesday gave a green signal to the touring party to leave the managed isolation and start training for the three games T20Is and two test games.
After several rounds of Covid tests, the ministry finally on the 12th day of their 14-days isolation released them. They returned negative on the subsequent tests. Pakistani Squad will be moving to The South Island of Queenstown for their group training for the upcoming games against the Black Caps.
New Zealand health authorities revoked the exemption from training in the smaller group after the third day of managed isolation when players were seen mingling in the corridors and sharing food. The home side party punished the players for breaching the safety protocols in the country.
New Zealand Health Authority:
Along with the serious warning, New Zealand exempted Pakistani Players from training. Six members from the visiting side tested positive just after reaching the destination while two others returned positive after a few other rounds of tests. All the positive players were shifted to the quarantine wing of the hotel soon after the news was confirmed.
“One Cricketer will remain in the isolation in Christchurch as he is not yet fully recovered from the virus,” New Zealand Health Ministry.
“The other person will be released from the Auckland Quarantine facility today, he repeatedly tested negative for the virus after arriving here from Dubai. For the precautions, they were put in the isolations.”
Pakistan Head Coach, Misbah-ul-Haq:
Pakistan’s Head Coach, Misbah-ul-Haq showed his resentment for not allowing his boys to train.
“A certain level of training and environment is definitely required by the top professional athletes to perform at least to the minimum level whenever they represent their country,” Misbah-ul-Haq.
Misbah also quoted that they all know the hardships and respect the decisions from the New Zealand ministry.
“Our players have been affected both mentally and physically due to the implementations of the hard rules and regulations prior to the international series. I want to compliment my boys and management for their patience and sacrifice. All the hardships they have endured during the times is to ensure they not only lead the safe resumption of the international cricket during the COVID-19 pandemic but also give their best every time they step on the field.”
Pakistan and New Zealand are scheduled to play three Twenty20 games followed by 2 test encounters.
The tour will begin with T20Is on December 18, 20, and 22 while the Test will be played from December 26 onwards.