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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Bismillah Khan has tested positive for COVID-19 while playing in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Bismillah has shown symptoms during Balochistan’s four-wicket loss to Southern Punjab, but was only tested on the fourth day of the match.
Adnan Akmal came in as a substitute for him and Bismillah is currently in quarantine and being monitored closely by a doctor.
Concerns were raised after the 30-year-old’s positive result, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has since confirmed that all 132 players, personnel and match officials participating in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy have tested negative.
“The PCB understands domestic cricket is being played under difficult circumstances and fully appreciates the support of all involved,” the board’s high performance director Nadeem Khan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “It is also appropriate that we remind all involved to religiously follow the PCB Covid-19 protocols, which will guarantee their health and safety as well as all those around them.”
In a recent update, journalist Saj Sadiq reported that Bismillah has tested negative for the coronavirus.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 5, 2020
Bismillah has been in good form as he scored a superb 118 in Balochistan’s 186-run win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.