Mohammad Nawaz tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of New Zealand series

Mohammad Nawaz prepares to catch the ball during training Getty Images

Mohammad Nawaz has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been quarantined as per the PCB's pandemic protocols. The left-arm spinner had tested positive during the second round of testing, which were administered upon arrival in Islamabad on Wednesday. He faces a ten-day quarantine period.

The Pakistan team will take on New Zealand in a series of three ODIs and five T20Is, with the first match scheduled on September 17, and the final one on October 3.

All other Pakistan squad members have tested negative and, as such, the national side will hold a training session as scheduled on Friday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

New Zealand will arrive in Islamabad on Saturday, having completed a tour of Bangladesh, where they've already lost the five-match T20I series with one game to go. The Black Caps are not at full-strength, and they have travelled for both tours without Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Lockie Ferguson, who will all be taking part in the second half of IPL 2021 in the UAE. Tom Latham is leading New Zealand with Williamson absent.

Pakistan had earlier announced that stadiums could be filled upto 25% capacity for the matches against New Zealand. Spectators would have to be fully vaccinated to be able to attend games. The three ODIs, all taking place in Rawalpindi, will be open to 4500 spectators each. The five T20Is, all at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, will accommodate 5500 spectators each.