Pakistan pacer, Hasan Ali is allowed to join other members of the training squad which will embark on a tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe after returning two negative tests for covid-19 having initially tested positive for the virus.
Since the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to 7 positive tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been persistent with its testing for players bound to fly to Africa.
Hasan Ali tested positive in the PSL as well
Of all the players, Hasan Ali, who made a return to the national side recently, had tested positive for the virus. It is learned that the seamer attended a small get-together at which Islamabad United players were present, including Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who returned a positive test during the PSL.
Reportedly, Hasan Ali had also tested positive a day before the Pakistan Super League 6 was postponed earlier this month. While the PSL is supposed to resume in June, Babar Azam will lead Pakistan to bilateral matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The players and the support staff have assembled on March 18 at the Gaddafi Stadium. The camp formally started on March 19, followed by two intra-squad 50-over matches on March 22 and 24. The white-ball squad will leave for Johannesburg on a charter plane on March 26. The rest of the players, who will only play the Tests in Zimbabwe, will join the squad later after flying across on a commercial flight to South Africa before boarding a charter flight to Zimbabwe.
The visitors will compete in 3 ODI and 4 T20Is against the Proteas before taking on Zimbabwe in two Test matches and three T20Is.
Temba Bavuma, the newly appointed permanent white-ball captain of South African, will lead the Proteas. The ODI series commences on April 2nd and the T20I series will conclude on April 16th; the schedule for the matches against Zimbabwe is not released yet.