Pakistan is in New Zealand at the moment to play a series and the team have breached the COVID-protocols more than twice already. The New Zealand government have already intervened in the proceedings and issued a final warning to the players for their actions.
The country is among the only few where the COVID-virus is in check and hence they do not want the graph to go up. The ultimatum came after six Pakistani players tested positive for the virus upon their arrival. The PCB CEO Wasim Khan said that the team has been issued a final warning after they breached the quarantine protocols. They received a message on WhatsApp by New Zealand cricket and also the government.
“They have told me straight away that one more breach and they will send the whole team back,” Khan said in the two-minute message which was recorded in Urdu. He further told his players that if such a case happens, it would be really ’embarrassing’.
A video footage shows the Pakistan players breaching the protocols on the very first day of their arrival. “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” Khan further added.
Pakistan Issued Final Warning For Breaching COVID Rules
As a result of breaching the protocols, the practice for the Pakistan players have been kept on hold. Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan has urged his players to obey the rules and be disciplined in a message.
“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 further told his players.
Pakistan are scheduled to begin the bilateral series on December 18, starting with the T20I series, followed by two Tests.