Mohammad Hafeez tests negative for coronavirus after breaching bio-security protocols

Mohammad Hafeez tests negative for coronavirus after breaching bio-security protocols

Hafeez has gotten himself tangled into quite a few controversies over the last few weeks.

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Pakistan breathed a sigh of relief as their veteran all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez was tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 13. He was isolated for a period of five days after he breached the bio-security bubble by posing out with a fan earlier this week. He is back to joining the squad now after completing all the relevant safety procedures.

Before the commencement of the second Test match between England and Pakistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, the all-rounder moved out, and got clicked with an elderly lady fan. He posed the picture with the fan on golf course adjacent to the venue, thereby breaching the bio-security protocols for the team that states two-metre social distancing throughout the course of the series.

He took the picture to his Twitter account and captioned it- “Met an inspirational Young lady today morning at Golf Course. She is 90+ & living her life healthy and happily. Good healthy routine.”

Check out Mohammad Hafeez’s official tweet:

Soon after this, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a statement asking Hafeez to isolate for five days. As per the rules, a player has to test negative twice in order to join back the squad post isolation period. This is the second international series which is being played under the strict bio-secure environment in order to maintain optimum level safety to keep the virus at bay. The practice by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) started when International cricket marked its comeback post the coronavirus-forced halt.

Jofra Archer became the first one to be evicted for breaching bio-secure bubble protocols

England pacer, Jofra Archer was the first player who breached the bio-security protocols during the Test between England and West Indies last month as he went home for some personal work. Owing to strict guidelines, Archer was immediately dropped for the second Test because after the incident came into light.

Kent Batsman Jordan Cox was also dropped from his team after he posed for a selfie with young fans. The batsman had smashed an unbeaten 238 runs in the match and built a sturdy partnership of 423 runs with Jack Leaning. As far as Hafeez is concerned, the isolation process hasn’t cost him anything as he hasn’t made to the shortlist of 20 members playing against England.