People who test positive can be held in isolation after the usual 14-day period.
The Pakistani team has already received a final warning from the Ministry of Health after players broke protocols on their first day in isolation. The ministry said closed television footage from the team’s Christchurch hotel showed the band members mingling in the hallways and sharing food.
An exception was canceled that would have allowed team members to train in small groups after their third day in isolation. But it will be reviewed later if no further violations occur. Players and team management are required to stay in their rooms for the first three days of the isolation period.
New Zealand’s Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said he was taking a “dim view” of the team’s failure to comply with regulations that were clearly made clear to team members upon their arrival. Other breaches could result in the team being expelled from New Zealand.
“Instead of being in their own rooms, which is a requirement for the first three days, until the first test returns, there was some mixing in the hallways, chatting, sharing food, and not wearing masks,” Bloomfield said.
A wider outbreak among the band members could also be a serious problem that could put the tour in jeopardy. Pakistan is set to play New Zealand in 23 international matches and two test matches. The first T20 will take place on December 18th and the tests will be the main features of the New Zealand summer home.
On Friday, the Health Ministry said the team’s behavior had “significantly improved” after the warning was issued.
“We thank the team members for their cooperation with the investigations into the case after the positive cases were announced within the team,” the ministry said. “Cooperation and compliance are essential to ensuring that New Zealand is kept safe from COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, international superstar Twenty20 player and Hobart Hurricanes, importers Sandeep Lamichhane, tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks before the start of the Big Bash League.
The 20-year-old Legspiner confirmed on Saturday that he has the coronavirus, saying on social media that it “is his sincere duty to tell you everything that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have had some body aches since Wednesday. But my health is getting a little better now. “.
The Nepalese player performed exceptionally well at BBL, forming a solid mix in Melbourne Stars with Australian limited roundabout Adam Zamba. But Lamichhane chose to sign Hurricanes for the next season, further improving the Tasmanian franchise’s hopes of a first BBL title.
Lamichhane also plays T20 for the Nepalese national team and has also played in T20 competitions in India, Pakistan, the West Indies and Canada.
The Hurricanes are set to open the BBL season in Hobart against defending champion Sydney Sixers on December 10.