- Urdu version of the media release is attached here
Southampton, 12 August 2020: The following is the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s statement on Mohammad Hafeez:
“This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account.
“As it was evident from the photograph that Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test.
“Hafeez underwent the Covid-19 test late Wednesday afternoon and the result is expected at some stage on Thursday.
“The decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him. The team management believes it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series.
“The team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision.”
Hafeez is not amongst the 20 players shortlisted for the ongoing three-match Test series against England.