Pakistan squad cleared to leave isolation ahead of New Zealand matches

Pakistan’s cricket team have been cleared to leave managed isolation in Christchurch on Tuesday, ahead of their T20 and Test series against New Zealand.

The group can travel to Queenstown for their intra-squad warm-up matches for the series pending final health ministry approval after no positive results were recorded in a fifth round of COVID-19 testing, New Zealand Cricket said.

The team had their exemption to train revoked last week after eight members of the 53-strong squad tested positive during their stay in isolation.

NZC said the team had been tested five times since arriving in New Zealand for a T20 series which is scheduled to start on December 18.

“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 said in a statement.

Another member of the squad, who tested positive on the sixth day of their 14-day mandatory isolation, will remain in the biosecure facility until they were cleared to leave by the health ministry.

Pakistan play three Twenty20 matches and two tests in New Zealand, while a Pakistan A tour is being run concurrently.

Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said on Sunday the team had been affected by being restricted from training while in isolation.

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