The news of as many as 10 Pakistani players contracting the coronavirus has sent shockwaves in the cricketing spectrum. Amid this scenario, ex-India cricketer Aakash Chopra has asked 2 important questions.
Just as the Pakistan cricket team was preparing to leave the country for England for their first sporting assignment in three months, the news of as many as 7 more players being tested positive for the virus sent shockwaves all over the global cricketing spectrum. While Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf and Haider Ali were the first ones to contract the virus, the overall list has now touched 10. Amid this situation, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has asked two very important questions.
Aakash, who himself is an analyst of the game, is perplexed seeing the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Pakistan cricket team. While West Indies are already in England, looking to kickstart the revival of cricket, none of their players was tested positive when the men from the Caribbean were leaving for England.
Amid these circumstances, here are the two questions Aakash posted on Twitter:
Will the tour to England go ahead at all?
Pakistan are set to leave for England on June 28 but now, 10 of their players have to undergo a mandatory isolation period of 14 days, post which they will be tested once again. If the test results then come out negative, they will be allowed to travel to England in commercial flights to join their teammates. Upon arrival, they will once again be required to isolate themselves before being allowed to join team training. With there being so many ifs and buts in the entire process, Aakash isn't sure how the Pakistan tour of England will go ahead as scheduled.
Where did so many players catch the virus from?
Given the players were advised to take all the possible precautions and follow the social distancing norms, Aakash is baffled to see as many as 10 players being tested positive from the batch. While there's no doubt that the number of cases in Pakistan is rising rapidly, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has to find out how so many of their players got infected especially after knowing that an important series against England is right around the corner.
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