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Pakistani cricketers on 'final warning' after six players breach isolation rules in New Zealand

November 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Six Pakistani cricket players are in isolation in New Zealand after testing positive for Covid-19, according to New Zealand's national cricket body on Thursday, and the whole squad has been issued with a "final warning" after several members were seen breaching rules on isolation.

(CNN)Six Pakistani cricket players are in isolation in New Zealand after testing positive for Covid-19, according to New Zealand's national cricket body on Thursday, and the whole squad has been issued with a "final warning" after several members were seen breaching rules on isolation.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said it "was made aware today that six members of the Pakistan touring squad, currently in managed isolation in Christchurch, have tested positive for COVID-19. "

"As a consequence, the Pakistan team's exemption to train while in managed isolation has been put on hold until investigations have been completed," NZC said.

Pakistan's official cricket website said the team departed for New Zealand on Monday.

After they landed, several of the Pakistani cricket players were caught on camera breaking isolation rules, New Zealand's Ministry of Health said.

"Since their arrival, several team members have been seen on CCTV at the facility breaching managed isolation rules, despite clear, consistent and detailed communication of expected behaviors while in the facility," a news release read.

"These cases are the results of those tests," the health ministry said.

Those with positive tests are required to stay in quarantine rooms within the facility and no team members are allowed to leave the facility to train.

In a statement Sunday, the Pakistani cricket team said one player had stayed behind from the trip after reporting a fever, but had previously tested negative for Covid-19.

The Pakistani team is expected to play three T20 matches and two Test matches while in New Zealand, with the first match scheduled to take place at Eden Park in Auckland on December 18.

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