Mohammad Hafeez commits apparent biosecurity protocol breach

Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan allrounder, appears to have breached biosecurity protocols by posing for a photo with a member of the public.

Hafeez posted the photo, taken on the golf course adjacent to the on-site hotel at the Ageas Bowl, on Twitter on Wednesday morning, saying: “Met an inspirational young lady today morning [sic] at golf course. She is 90+ & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine.”

While players have been permitted to use the golf course at the Ageas Bowl, they have been advised to avoid interaction with anyone outside the biosecure bubble, since the course is still open to the public.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the ECB’s medical team are aware of the photo and considering what the appropriate action is. A PCB spokesperson declined to comment.

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If Hafeez is found to have breached protocols, he would likely have to self-isolate in his hotel room for five days, and return two negative Covid-19 tests before joining back up with the squad. Hafeez is not part of Pakistan’s Test squad, but is on the tour ahead of the three-match T20I series starting August 28.

Before travelling, Hafeez tested positive for Covid-19, before deciding to get tested privately himself and returning a negative test. He then returned two more negative tests, meaning he was allowed to travel to the UK.

On Tuesday, Kent announced that batsman Jordan Cox had been dropped for their next Bob Willis Trophy match after posing for a photograph with a member of the public, meaning he was forced to enter self-isolation for seven days.

During England’s series against West Indies, Jofra Archer missed the second Test and was handed a fine and a written warning after breaching protocols by returning home while travelling from Southampton to Manchester.

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