Haris Rauf, who had tested positive for the first time after a month, has recorded two consecutive negative tests. This makes him eligible to join England’s Pakistan squad, and is likely to be fly for UK this week.
Until 20 July he had undergone six Covid-19 Tests, five of which were positive. There was one negative outcome but he had to be deemed eligible for travel to join the Pakistan squad according to regulations for consecutive negative outcomes. All the while he remained asymptomatic.
While Rauf struggled to clear up his test, Misbah ul Haq, the chief selector and head coach, called back Mohammad Amir. Amir had earlier withdrawn from the tour because of child’s scheduled birth dates, but made himself available after his wife gave birth earlier this month. But the involvement of Amir with the side does not sideline Rauf, who remains a part of the T20I series PCB ‘s plans.
He was among the ten players who tested positively for Covid-19 in the last week of June but stayed back after the bigger party flew out on a chartered flight to Manchester on June 28. The 18 players who tested negative were the only ones to board the plane alongside the support staff who had been screened.
Initially picked for white ball cricket, Rauf had expressed an desire to play Tests. His ability to do that in England during this series was disrupted by repeated encouraging Covid-19 outcomes that didn’t encourage him to join the squad. T20 series will start from 28 August.