Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand got off to a shaky start as six Pakistani players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day. Several Pakistani players were also seen breaching the COVID-19 protocols set in place by the New Zealand government.
New Zealand government conveyed their message to PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, that one more instance of such kind will result in the cancellation of the tour, and that the team will be sent back home. The New Zealand government has imposed a two-week quarantine for every tourist entering the country as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19.
Wasim Khan talked to the Pakistani squad and asked them to act according to the protocols set in place. He said that this a matter of national pride and if any further incidents happen it will be hugely embarrassing for the country.
“They have a zero-tolerance policy and they’ve given us a final warning. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, and you went through similar conditions in England. It’s not easy. But this is a matter of the nation’s respect and credibility,” Wasim said.
He added that after successfully completing the quarantine period the squad will be able to roam around freely in the country and there will be no restrictions on where they travel.
Pakistan are scheduled to play two Tests and three T20Is against New Zealand starting from 18th December and the series will go ahead as scheduled if there are no more such incidents.