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Pak vs Eng: PCB says Mohammad Hafeez breached social distancing protocol

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Mohammad Hafeez breached the two-metre social distancing protocol when he took a picture with a lady in a golf course, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.

“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,” read the PCB statement.

According to details, Hafeez posed for a photo with a lady in the golf course adjacent to the on-site hotel at the Ageas Bowl, which is against the advisory given to the players.

They have been advised to avoid interaction with anyone outside the biosecure bubble, since the course is still open to the public, the publication reported.

It added that the ECB officials are aware of the development and mulling next steps in this regard. 

“A PCB spokesperson declined to comment.”

Under the rules, any player found to have breached the protocols would have to self-isolate himself for five days and should be tested negative twice before joining the squad.

Hafeez is not playing Test matches currently and is in the UK for the three-match T20I series starting August 28.

Earlier, England’s Jofra Archer was also handed a fine during the West Indies series when he violated the rules.

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