New Zealand Authorities Deny Pakistan Team from Leaving Hotel for Training

Pakistan cricket squad touring New Zealand has suffered a major setback as the country’s Health Ministry has denied permission to leave their hotel and start training.

New Zealand’s Health Ministry decided this after two more Pakistani players tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, taking the total tally of infected squad members to 10.


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An official statement released by New Zealand’s Health Ministry reads:

Following careful consideration, the Director-General of Health has today confirmed that he will not be granting the exemption which would allow the Pakistan men’s cricket team to leave their hotel to train in groups while completing their time in managed isolation in Christchurch.

Public health considerations will continue to remain New Zealand’s paramount priority, whether this involves individuals or teams, the statement added.


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Led by captain Babar Azam, the Pakistan team had landed in Christchurch on 24 November. The visitors are observing the two-week mandatory quarantine required by the New Zealand government and haven’t been able to train since then.

Pakistan is set to take on New Zealand in 2 Tests and 3 T20Is, with the tour set to formally begin with a T20I on 18 December.

  • New Zealand only making money out of Pakistani cricket team…What purpose was there to leave for NZ during second wave of COVID-19 and only going stay in a hotel…. Simply waste of PCBs and nations money.

  • Rehan I dont agree wz you New zealand team is not making money Pakistani players should be ashamed of their self for being getting positive for covid India and Australia are also playing in the presence of public and no one is covid positive as you should only blame this idiot Pakistani players for not maintaining better health SOP’s.
    No one else to be blamd
    ed accept Pakistani cricketers what can PCB and Newzealand do when they are not keeping them self safe.

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