From our correspondent
DERBY: Left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti has been allowed to integrate with the national team after being tested negative twice as per the protocols of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Kashif had come to England with the third batch also including Imran Khan Senior, Haider Ali and masseur Malang Ali after clearing the COVID-19 test twice before being tested positive initially. However on arrival in England he was tested positive and was asked to isolate in Worcester from the rest of the players. He did not attend training sessions in Worcester.
However when he was retested after quarantine he returned negative results twice which paved his way for integration with the team.
“The player had returned a positive test result for the remnants of a previous Covid-19 infection and in consultation with Public Health England and a virologist, a safety-first approach was taken to isolate the player,” an ECB spokesperson said.
“The player has now returned a second negative test with no risk of infection to other players and staff,” the spokesman said. Nawabshah-born Kashif has played 84 first-class matches, taking 331 wickets with 8-50 as his best.
Initially ten Pakistani players had been tested positive who were then dropped from the first batch which was travelling to England last month. Now only Haris Rauf is facing the issue as he is still in Pakistan and can only fly to England provided he clears the test twice.
So far several tests of Pakistani cricketers have been conducted in England in order to ensure health safety on the very vital tour during which Pakistan and England will face each other in three Tests and the same num ber of T20 international. The first Test will begin in Manchester from August 5.
After having quarantined for two weeks in Worcester during which the Green-shirts also trained well they have moved to Derby on July 13 and is undergoing training at the Derbyshire County Ground. The team will move to Manchester on August 1.