Mohammad Hafeez has tested negative for COVID-19 after undergoing a virus test at a private lab in Lahore.
This development comes a day after Hafeez was named among the 10 players confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus at the end of the first round of testing conducted by the PCB.
Hafeez revealed that he decided to get a "second opinion" regarding the reported illness and went to test himself along with his family members, all of whom returned negative results.
After Tested positive COVID-19 acc to PCB testing Report yesterday,as 2nd opinion & for satisfaction I personally went to Test it again along with my family and here I along with my all family members are reported Negetive Alham du Lillah. May Allah keep us all safe ???? pic.twitter.com/qy0QgUvte0— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) June 24, 2020
The veteran all-rounder is part of the extended 29-man squad announced by the PCB for the upcoming England tour comprising three Tests and three T20Is.
Pakistan's travel plans for the England tour have been beset by more than one-third of the squad testing positive with PCB chief executive Wasim Khan insisting that the series will go ahead as per schedule.
Since a majority of the infectees are not first-choice players for the red-ball clashes, Wasim said that the 18 players who tested negative will depart for England on June 28 after another round of testing in Lahore.
Additionally, the selectors have named four reserve players in Bilal Asif, Imran Butt, Musa Khan and Mohammad Nawaz, who will also have their tests done while a final call on their inclusion in the national side will be made soon.
It remains to be seen how the PCB reacts to the news concerning Hafeez and whether he will be considered eligible for the second round of testing given the possibility of a 'false negative' in COVID-19 tests.