26 Nov 2020

Pakistan cricket squad members positive with Covid-19

From Checkpoint, 6:07 pm on 26 November 2020

Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad, who are in managed isolation in Christchurch, have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health says the 53 members of the squad were tested when they arrived in the country on November 24.

All members of the squad returned negative results on the four occasions they were tested before leaving Lahore.

As well as that, the Ministry says since their arrival, several team members have been seen on CCTV breaching managed isolation rules - and the team has been issued with a final warning.

Just what impact the positive cases will have on the team's visit here remains unclear.

Sports Minister Grant Robertson declined Checkpoint's request for an interview, his office says this issue is the domain of the Covid-19 Minister, who is also unavailable.

But back in September Mr Robertson told Checkpoint's Nita Blake-Persen that any positive cases in sports teams touring here may mean the end of the tournament.