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PCB confirms Fakhar Zaman’s exclusion from New Zealand Series due to COVID-19 symptoms

By Bet Barter

November 23, 2020

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ruled out Fakhar Zaman, the Pakistan opener, from the upcoming series in New Zealand. Fakhar Zaman has been showing symptoms of Covid-19 before the team’s departure, and this has led PCB to take the decision. The PCB has confirmed this update news on Sunday.

The board mentioned in their update that Fakhar Zaman had a fever and could not recover in time for the Pakistan team’s departure to New Zealand for the tour early Monday morning. The opener is in quarantine in the team's hotel.

Pakistan team doctor Sohail Saleem has informed that Zaman returned a negative coronavirus test. The medical team has received his Covid-19 test report on Saturday. However, he picked up a fever on Monday.

Pakistan team doctor gave a detailed update

The doctor further informed that the moment management came to know about his condition, they have put him in isolation from the rest of the team in the team’s hotel. The doctor and the team management are continually checking his condition and are hoping for his speedy recovery. Sohail Saleem added that Zaman is not fit to visit with the team and as such the management has chosen to keep him out from the touring team.

All the players and officials went through Covid-19 tests, after assembling at the team hotel in Lahore on Saturday.  All of them have returned negative reports for the test. A total of 34 players and 15 authorities who are part of the Pakistan senior and A team will leave for Auckland via Dubai. They will stay 14-day in quarantine and isolation. After the end of this isolation period, the management will permit them to move out of the bio-secure bubble.

From December 18, Pakistan will play three T20Is and two Tests matches. Their tour will begin from December 10 with two four-day warm-up games against New Zealand A.

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