KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive officer Wasim Khan on Thursday revealed that six players had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the New Zealand Sports Body.
According to Khan, New Zealand Cricket has claimed that Pakistani cricketers have violated three to four standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Khan said the New Zealand government has a “zero tolerance policy” towards the COVID-19 safety protocol. He added that his board had issued a “final warning” to the Pakistan cricket team to abide by safety guidelines.
“I think this is a difficult time, it will not be easy for all of you,” he said in a message to the cricketers. “It threatens the dignity and integrity of the country.
“Please follow the Corona virus protection protocol for the next 14 days.”
The PCB chief said that New Zealand Cricket had warned that further violation of SOPs would result in repatriation of Pakistan cricket team.
“If the team is sent home, the result will be an embarrassment for the whole country,” he said.
Giving a final warning to the players, he said that the New Zealand government would not compromise on health issues, especially regarding COVID-19 epidemics.