KARACHI: Pakistan’s all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has tested positive for COVID-19 following his arrival at the Karachi team hotel, according to a statement issued by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Faheem will now undergo five-day isolation. However, his replacement will be announced in due course if needed.
The all-rounder will miss the second Test against Australia, said PCB. He also missed the drawn first Test in Rawalpindi due to a hamstring injury.
The second Test starts on Saturday in Karachi.
Faheem has blossomed as a Test all-rounder in the past two years, giving Pakistan much-needed balance in both batting and bowling.
He has so far played 13 Tests, scoring 632 runs with four half centuries and taken 22 wickets.
Faheem is the second Pakistan player to test positive for the virus after fast bowler Haris Rauf missed the first Test for the same reason.
Fawad Ahmed, Australia’s spin bowling consultant, also tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Australia are playing in Pakistan for the first time in 24 years, having previously refused to tour over security fears.
The third Test is in Lahore from March 21-25. The tourists will also play three one-day internationals and a single T20I.
Australia’s first Test in Pakistan in 24 years ends in draw
Imam-ul-Haq cracked a century in each innings and his opening partner Abdullah Shafique hit a maiden hundred as Pakistan’s first home Test against Australia in 24 years ended in a tame draw in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
Haq made an unbeaten 111 following up his 157 in the first innings, while Shafique finished on 136 as Pakistan were 252 without loss when the match ended without a result.
Australia scored 459 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 476-4 declared.
Australia’s first Test on Pakistan soil since 1998 — they previously declined to visit on security grounds — was ultimately spoiled by a flat Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch.
The second Test is set to take place in Karachi from March 12 to 16.
PSL 9 match security details released
The PSL will see over 16,000 police officers handling security responsibilities since matches in Rawalpindi and Multan will have a security strategy in place.
Colin Munro and Tymal Mills of Islamabad United landed in Lahore, and the team will play Lahore Qalandars to open the season.
Mohsin Naqvi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced that the PSL’s ninth season will start on February 17.
He stated that the duration of the traffic closure would be limited and that the public would be notified about other routes through the media in a timely manner. He also directed that effective management be made to preserve fluency for the convenience of the people.
The Lahore DIG Operations Police announced that around 7000 people will be assigned to a security strategy that would guarantee spectators, including cricket players, complete security.
According to the security plan, residents would be permitted entry after completing four levels of security, and 13 SPs, 36 DSPs, and 81 inspectors would be stationed. The situation would also be continually monitored by the Punjab Safe City Authority’s cameras.
PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi requests an in-depth spending report.
Mohsin Naqvi, the recently elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has started a thorough investigation of the organization’s spending.
The request, which is aimed at the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), highlights the organization’s careful attention to financial management.
Information obtained from people with knowledge of the situation reveals that the scope of the spending report includes all aspects of PCB’s business.
These consist of funding for the Pakistan cricket team, expenditures for sports personnel, and match-related costs. Furthermore, the report will give information on the PCB’s yearly budget and player compensation.
Chairman Naqvi’s decision is more than just a formality; it reflects a deeper desire to link spending to the national cricket team’s results.
It is believed that Chairman Naqvi is eager to examine the monetary outlays in comparison to the results achieved on the field, suggesting a calculated approach to resource distribution.
Chairman Naqvi is scheduled to call a briefing with the PCB’s senior brass after the comprehensive report has been prepared.
Cyberattack on PSL 9 ticket purchasing website
The franchise league announced that a hack occurred on Tuesday night on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 online ticketing site.
The league revealed that the PSL ticket partners’ technical staff is working to resolve the issues brought on by the website hack.
PSL stated, “The [HBL PSL 9] ticketing website (http://pcb.tcs.com.pk) has been the target of a cyberattack.”
“The ticketing partners’ technical staff is effectively resolving the issue. We anticipate a prompt resolution and hope that the service provider’s website will soon be back up and running.
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