The selection committee has started deliberating over possible replacements for the players who tested positive for Covid-19.
Following the announcement on Monday that three players had tested positive for Covid-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed that a further seven players and a player support personnel from a total of 35 have tested positive for Covid-19.
Earlier, the selectors had named four reserves in Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Musa Khan and Mohammad Nawaz as a cover in case any of the players fail pre-tour Covid-19 testing. However, now they are looking at other options as well.
Openers Sami Aslam, wicketkeeper-batsmen Adnan Akmal, Zeeshan Ashraf and Rohail Nazir are being considered as possible replacements.
On the fast-bowling front, pacers Ehsan Adil, Junaid Khan and Tabish Khan are also under consideration.
Chief selector-cum-head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has been given the authority by the selection committee to take the final call on the replacements.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to conduct tests of ten players and one team official, who returned positive results, on Friday, June 26.
According to sources, the decision was taken after veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez tested negative, who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, during a subsequent test at a local laboratory in Lahore.
The 18 players who tested negative will report to a local hotel in Lahore today, where they will be placed in a bio-secure environment ahead of tomorrow’s round two of testing.
Players who have tested positive:
Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf.
Player Support Personnel, who has tested positive:
Malang Ali (masseur).