Mohammad Hafeez has returned to the Pakistan squad after breaking bio-security protocol in England, which led to him being self-isolated. On August 12, Mohammad Hafeez posted the photo, taken on the golf course adjacent to Ageas Bowl,, on Twitter saying: “Met an inspirational young lady today morning [sic] at golf course. She is 90+ & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine”.
Pakistan Cricket Board then said in statement that the 39-year-old had been asked to self-isolate himself and also underwent a Covid-19 test on Wednesday afternoon, the result of which turned out to be negative.
As a result, the all-rounder will join the Pakistan squad, even though the bio-secure protocol says that a player has to be in self-isolation for 5 days after breaching the bio-security norms and at least two Covid-19 tests should be conducted.
Incidentally, Hafeez is the second international player and third overall to breach the bio-secure environment guidelines. England fast bowler Jofra Archer earlier breached the code of conduct while travelling between the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford as he stopped on the way to his flat at Brighton during the West Indies Test.
Following that, Jordan Cox, the first player born in the 21st century to hit a first-class hundred on English soil, was quarantined and dropped from the next Bob Willis Trophy match after he agreed to take photographs with some young fans following his prolific knock.
Hafeez is not a part of the ongoing Test series against England. He will however return to the set-up for the T20Is. The T20I series against England is slated to get underway from August 28 at Old Trafford. The remaining two matches will be played at the same venue on the 30th and September 1.