Pakistan cricket team denied exemption to train

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

The Pakistan men's cricket team currently in managed isolation in Christchurch, have been denied an exemption to leave their hotel.

Following careful consideration, the Director-General of Health has confirmed he will not be granting the exemption which would allow the team to leave their hotel to train in groups while completing their time in managed isolation in Christchurch.

"I have very carefully considered this situation.  

"At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad," says Ashley.

"‘There have been a number of active cases identified among the team. Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams.

"We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team."

Back in November, six of the team tested positive for the virus while in managed isolation.

Two of the six results were deemed “historical”, while four were confirmed as new.

Since then, the team has been closely monitored by public health officials.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Health said laboratories are processing the team’s day nine swabs, which were taken on Thursday.

Full results are pending, says the Ministry.

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The last thing we need is a tree hugging wet lettuce sleepy Joe. These bureaucrats need sorting out and showed who is boss. The tail has been wagging the dog for years. Thatcher went to war on the unions and the work shy. We need slash and burn in HQ and zero money spent on left wing lovey dovey woke culture bollocks.


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Posted on 05-12-2020 14:03 | By

An outcome as it should be. Well done Dr. Bloomfield.

They should consider themselves lucky...

Posted on 05-12-2020 13:19 | By morepork

...not to have been sent home. Personally, I think a missed tour might have been, in the long run, good for them. There should be no place for the arrogance and disrespect, which they have exhibited; it isn’t cricket...