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ENG vs PAK: Mohammad Hafeez’s golf time ahead of 2nd Test gets him out of squad

Ahead of the second Test between England and Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez is not amongst the 20 players shortlisted for the ongoing three-match Test series.

The reason being that the cricketer, who had gone to play golf, breached social distancing protocol after his photograph with a member of the public was posted by him on social media.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) statement, “This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account.

“As it was evident from the photograph that Hafeez had breached the two-metre social distancing protocol and following a consultation process with the team doctor, the team management has decided to isolate him until he returns a negative COVID-19 test.

“The decision to put Hafeez in isolation has been taken for his and, the safety and security of everyone around him. The team management believes it was an inadvertent mistake, but a good reminder for everyone on the importance of following the bio-secure protocols, which have been designed for the health and safety of everyone involved in the series.

“The team management has updated the England and Wales Cricket Board of its decision.”