Pakistan head coach David Hemp tested positive with COVID-19
Pakistan team head coach David Hemp has been tested positive with COVID-19, which has now delayed his arrival in Pakistan. The former Bermuda international is currently in the United Kingdom and will only be able to travel to Karachi if he is able to return a negative report. Hemp is asymptomatic and is expected to join the team next week.
According to the report on Cricbuzz, the 51-year-old was going to lead the charge of a training camp in Karachi. In his absence, bowling coach of the national team, Arshad Khan will be in-charge of the camp. The camp that started at the High Performance Centre from January 8 will act as a preparation for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced the camp with 36 players included in it. At the camp, the players will be divided into two sides and will compete alongside an Under-16 boys’ team from Karachi in a tri-series. The tournament will begin from January 10. For now, the Pakistan team doesn’t have any international matches scheduled heading into the World Cup.
The squad of players who will be selected to fly to New Zealand will be announced soon and the performances at the camp will play a part in helping the selectors decide the final 18. Pakistan will play their opening game at the World Cup against India at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on March 6.