The Chief executive officer (CEO) of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan has warned players on tour in New Zealand to obey COVID-19 protocols or the whole team risks being sent home.
Wasim Khan, on Thursday sent a voice note to the Pakistan players in which he said that he was given a ‘final warning’ from New Zealand Cricket and its government after six Pakistan players tested positive for Covid-19 on arriving in the country.
“They have told me straightaway that one more breach and they will send the whole team back,” Khan said in the two-minute message, recorded in the Urdu language, adding “it will be embarrassing” if this happens.
Closed-circuit television footage showed some members of the Pakistan squad had contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation.
“They also said there were three to four breaches of protocols,” Khan said.
“They have zero tolerance and they have given us a final warning. I know it’s difficult times for you and it’s not easy. You have operated in similar conditions (playing) in England … it’s a matter of the country’s respect and credibility. Please observe 14 days, then you will get freedom in New Zealand to go out in restaurants and roam around, but please adhere to full protocols.”
The Pakistan team has been exempted from practise in isolation till the investigation has been completed. All the players and staff of the visiting side has been tested negative on four occasions before their departure from Lahore to New Zealand.
“Please guys, I know it’s difficult, it’s very tough, but do stay disciplined and follow through the protocols … they will not compromise on health and safety in New Zealand, so please adhere to it,” Khan told his players.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three T20 Internationals, starting on December 18, followed by two test matches against the black caps.