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PCB decide to isolate Mohammad Hafeez after violation of social distancing protocol
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PCB decide to isolate Mohammad Hafeez after violation of social distancing protocol

Mohammad Hafeez has been forced to self-isolate after apparently flouting the team's bio-security protocols earlier today.

Hafeez visited a golf course this morning where he was photographed with a member of the public and failed to follow the two-metre social distancing rule during the meeting.

The veteran all-rounder had posted the picture with the person on Twitter, leading to a backlash from fans questioning the obvious breach. Although players are permitted to use the golf course adjacent to the Ageas Bowl, they are not allowed to interact with anyone outside their safety bubble.

"This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble," the PCB said in a statement.

"During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account."

"As it was evident from the photograph that 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."

In line with the regular testing of players for coronavirus, Hafeez underwent a test on late Wednesday afternoon, the result of which is expected to arrive tomorrow.

Since his interaction with a stranger outside the bio-secure bubble poses a threat of virus transmission, he will remain in self-isolation and will rejoin the squad provided he returns a negative test.

"The decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and the safety and security of everyone around him," the media release read.

The PCB added that Hafeez committed an "inadvertent" mistake and has informed the host board about the latest development.

"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 team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision."

Hafeez is only part of the team's T20I set-up, having retired from Tests a couple of years ago. He is expected to be involved in the three-match T20I series against England scheduled to commence on August 28.

Ahead of the England tour, Hafeez was named among the 10 players who tested positive for coronavirus in the first round of testing. Subsequently, he yielded a negative result in a private test and twice in the tests conducted by the PCB before travelling with the second batch of players to England.