Mohammad Hafeez’s decision to take a private test for Covid-19 has not gone down too well with the Pakistan Cricket Board. Hafeez was among the 10 Pakistan cricketers who tested positive for Covid-19 but he decided to take a second opinion on his own, the result of which turned out to be negative.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan lashed out at Hafeez for not consulting with the board before he decided to take a private test and even called the Pakistan all-rounder to let him know that they were disappointed with him.
“I spoke to Hafeez today and I made it clear to him our disappointment at the way he had handled this entire affair,” PCB CEO Khan told the Cricket Baaz YouTube channel on Wednesday.
Khan said that the proper protocol for Hafeez was to talk to the PCB first.
“As an individual he has a right to take a private test but he should have spoken to us first because he created a problem for us,” he said.
On whether disciplinary action will be taken against him, Khan said options are being considered on what could be done further in the matter.
“This is not the first time that Hafeez has breached our rules in the media. He doesn’t have a central contract but once he was selected for the Pakistan team he has to abide by the rules and regulations for all players especially pertaining to the use of social media.
“We are still looking at the matter because it has caused us a lot of problems,” Khan said.
Hafeez on Wednesday said he has tested negative for Covid-19 after taking the test in a personal capacity.
After Tested positive COVID-19 acc to PCB testing Report yesterday,as 2nd opinion & for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family and here I along with my all family members are reported Negetive Alham du Lillah. May Allah keep us all safe pic.twitter.com/3WKOkXisdp
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) June 24, 2020
Hafeez’s statement comes a day after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed 10 of their players in the 29-member squad for Pakistan tour tested positive for Covid-19. Pakistan said Hafeez was one of the 7 players who results for Covid-19 tests came out positive on Tuesday.
“After Tested positive COVID-19 acc to PCB testing Report yesterday,as 2nd opinion & for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family and here I along with my all family members are reported Negetive Alham du Lillah. May Allah keep us all safe (sic),” Hafeez said in a Twitter post.
PCB on Monday conducted Covid-19 tests for 35 players in Karachi in the lead up to Pakistan’s departure for the tour fo England, scheduled for June 28. Pakistan are set to play a Test series and T20I series in August in a bio-secure environment in England.
Initially, 3 players Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan were revealed to have tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. In the second batch of results that were published by the PCB on Tuesday, further 7 names Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz were found to be tested positive for Covid-19 along with support staff.
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