Six Pakistan players cleared to tour England after second negative virus test

The first batch of Pakistan players underwent COVID-19 testing on their arrival in Manchester on Sunday

  
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - India v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - June 16, 2019 Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez in action.

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - India v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - June 16, 2019 Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez in action.

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LAHORE, Pakistan - Six Pakistan cricketers, including former captain Mohammad Hafeez, have been cleared to join rest of the team in England after returning a second negative result in COVID-19 tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday.

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz also tested negative for the second time in three days and would join rest of the team in Worcestershire.

"The PCB will now start making their travel arrangements and the departure details will be shared in due course," the PCB added.

Four other players -- Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan -- tested positive for the second time earlier this week.

The first batch of Pakistan players underwent COVID-19 testing on their arrival in Manchester on Sunday before moving to Worcestershire for a 14-day isolation period.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three tests and three Twenty20 internationals behind closed doors in August-September. The exact dates and venues have not been announced yet.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Peter Rutherford) ((amlan.chakraborty@thomsonreuters.com; Twitter: @Amlan_Reuters))

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