All-rounded Mohammad Nawaz has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been quarantined as per the PCB Covid-19 Protocols. The left-arm spinner had tested positive during the second round of testing, which was administered upon arrival in Islamabad on Wednesday.
All other squad members have tested negative and, as such, the national side will hold a training session as scheduled on Friday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
The New Zealand side will arrive in Islamabad on Saturday for three ODIs and five T20Is, which will be played from 17 September to 3 October.
Nawaz who had a brilliant run against South Africa, Zimbabwe, and England, had earned a place in the T20 World Cup squad. The marquee event is being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a spin all-rounder like Nawaz will be every team’s preference.
With the ODI series set to begin on 17 September, Nawaz has enough time to recover and be available for the series, barring the first couple of matches. This is probably why the cricket board has not announced his replacement yet.