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ECB carries out 702 Covid-19 tests, all return negative

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that 702 Covid-19 tests were carried out between June 3 and June 23, all returning negative, with several stakeholder groups working at the bio-secure venues of the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford.

These groups include players, support staff, match officials, ECB staff, venue staff and hotel staff.

West Indies and Pakistan are scheduled to face England during the next couple of months.

West Indies will play two warm-up matches before the first Test in Southampton from July 8. Manchester will host the last two Tests of the series, which will be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.

Meanwhile, Pakistan will depart for England on June 28 from Lahore to Manchester through a chartered flight.

First Test will be played on August 5 in Manchester. Pakistan will play the remaining two games in Southampton, starting on August 13 and 21 respectively.

Pakistan will also play three Twenty20 internationals in Southampton on August 29, 31 and September 2.

The national team has been rocked this week after 10 of its 29 England-bound players has been tested positive for Covid.

“Players who have tested positive are: Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, and Wahab Riaz,” the PCB CEO said in a video conference.

Apart from the seven players, one support personnel — the masseur — also contracted the illness after the cricket body had 35 tests carried out for COVID-19 in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar.

Schedule of Pakistan vs England series:

Test Series:

August 5-9: First Test at Old Trafford, Manchester

August 13-17: Second Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

August 21-25: Third Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Twenty20 International (T20I) series:

August 29: First T20I at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

August 31: Second T20I at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

September 2: Third T20I at Ageas Bowl, Southampton

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