PCB decides not to take action against Mohammad Hafeez
Statesman Report
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to take any disciplinary action against veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, after the latter opted to undertake a novel coronavirus (Covid-19) test at a private lab in Lahore.
Hafeez, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) during phase one of the medical tests conducted for the tour of England, had tested negative after opting for a second opinion, privately, on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old, in a tweet, shared a snapshot of the test results while confirming that he and his family had tested negative upon approaching an external source.
The all-rounder’s tweet raised question marks over the testing process being followed in Pakistan. The PCB was not happy with the fact that Hafeez released the result of his second Covid-19 test, without informing the board officials first.
After much confusion, the board conducted a retest on Hafeez and other players, who had tested positive in the first round of testing. According to the results of the retests, Hafeez tested negative for Covid-19.
The PCB was initially contemplating taking action against Hafeez. However, since the all-rounder is not centrally contracted with the board, they decided against it. The board also wants to avoid any further controversy regarding this matter.