Mohammad Hafeez has been placed into self-isolation for a minimum of 24 hours by Pakistan after breaching the tourists’ Covid-19 regulations.
The veteran all-rounder, who is in Pakistan’s expanded party for the three Twenty20 internationals that follow the ongoing behind-closed doors Test series against England, was asked to remain in his hotel room at the Ageas Bowl until returning a negative coronavirus test after being photographed with a member of the public.
‘Met an inspirational Young lady today morning at Golf course. She is 90+ & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine,’ the 39-year-old had tweeted.
The sanction imposed appeared incongruous when compared to the five-day periods served by West Indies coach Phil Simmons and England fast bowler Jofra Archer – both of whom had to record two negative tests – when they left the biosecure environment created by the ECB for international cricket this summer.
In contrast, Hafeez did not leave the ‘bubble’ as the golf facility is situated within it.
A Pakistan statement said: ‘As it was evident from the photograph, Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative Covid-19 test.’
Hafeez had the test on and the result is expected at some stage day.
The statement added: ‘The decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him.
‘The team management believes it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series.’
The development came a day after Kent’s teenage batsman Jordan Cox was axed from the Bob Willis Trophy match against Middlesex, which starts on Saturday, after breaching their coronavirus regulations.
Cox, 19, had his picture taken with a young fan in the aftermath of scoring an unbeaten 238 – and breaking numerous Kent records on the way – in the victory against Sussex.