Two Zimbabwe players, who were on standby for the tour of Pakistan, and two members of the support staff at the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Academy in Harare have tested positive for coronavirus.
The infected players – Regis Chakabva and Timycen Maruma – were both a part of the provisional 25-man squad announced for the white-ball fixtures in Pakistan but did not travel with the final touring party.
Chakabva and Maruma were staying in a separate bio-secure facility compared to Zimbabwe's main squad, who have already tested negative for the virus after landing in Islamabad.
Chakabva usually features in Zimbabwe's Test side, having made his international debut 12 years ago whereas Maruma was most recently a member of the team that played the solitary Test against Bangladesh in February.
All individuals who had come in close contact with the Covid-19 positive duo in the past few days underwent tests as a precautionary measure leading to confirmation of the virus in "two backroom staffers".
"Chakabva and Maruma, as well as the other two infected backroom staffers, are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Covid-19 protocols," ZC conveyed in a statement.
The administrative body has thus temporarily shut down the ZC Academy to allow for thorough disinfection. Additionally, ZC has vowed to follow all government and public health guidelines to play its role in stopping the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe squad led by Chamu Chibhabha is in self-isolation in Pakistan where they have another test due at the end of their quarantine on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe will clash with the home side for the first ODI in Rawalpindi on October 30 while the three-match T20I series will be staged in Lahore starting November 7.