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Pakistan team leave managed isolation after clearing final round of Covid-19 testing
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Pakistan team leave managed isolation after clearing final round of Covid-19 testing

Pakistan's cricket team have finally been able to leave their managed isolation facility in Christchurch following the health ministry approval.

The permission was granted by the government health authorities after no positive results were registered in the fifth round of Covid-19 testing in New Zealand.

Pakistan's touring contingent had their exemption to train cancelled last week following the positive coronavirus tests of eight members.

Additionally, the Pakistan team was reported to have breached the Covid-19 protocols with their actions captured on CCTV footage prompting New Zealand Cricket to give a "final warning" to the tourists.

Pakistan's travelling party has been tested five times during their stay in the country as the first round of testing revealed six infections, including two cases described as "historic".

Pakistan have headed to Queenstown for their intra-squad warm-up games ahead of the commencement of the three-match T20I series on December 18.

"The Pakistan squad’s fifth and final day 12, COVID-19 tests have all been returned as negative. As a consequence, and pending final Ministry of Health approval, the squad will leave managed isolation tomorrow," NZC had said in a statement released on Monday.

“Additionally, the member of the squad who was taken into quarantine in Auckland after arriving from Dubai feeling unwell but subsequently testing negative, has also been cleared to leave the facility,” NZC added. "The member of the Pakistan squad who tested positive on Day 6 will remain in managed isolation until departing, negative tests permitting."

Earlier, Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq had bemoaned the revocation of the team's training privileges but vowed to put all the mental stress behind and focus on the upcoming series.

“Top professional athletes require a certain environment to prepare so that they can perform at the minimum expected levels every time they represent their countries."

"While we completely respect and understand the New Zealand Government Laws, which have been put in place for the health and safety of their public, there is no denying the fact that the implementation of certain regulations has affected our athletes, both mentally and physically prior to an international series," he claimed.