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Mohammad Hafeez self-isolates after taking picture with 90-year-old woman

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Mohammad Hafeez has been forced to self-isolate after breaching social distancing guidelines inside the bio-secure bubble at the Ageas Bowl.

The all-rounder, who is not part of Pakistan’s Test squad, posted a picture of himself with a woman taken while the pair were on a golf course at the Hampshire venue. He described the woman as an “inspirational young lady”.

“She is 90+ & living her life healthy & happily,” he tweeted. “Good healthy routine”. However, eyebrows were raised by the proximity of the pair, with Hafeez seemingly not observing social distancing guidelines.

The PCB have since confirmed that Hafeez will enter a period of self-isolation and undergo a Covid-19 test. “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,” said a statement.

“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.

“Hafeez underwent the Covid-19 test late Wednesday afternoon and the result is expected at some stage on Thursday. 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.”

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