Pakistan vs Australia: Faheem Ashraf ruled out of 2nd Test due to Covid-19

Pakistan v Australia: After missing the first test due to a hamstring injury, Faheem Ashrf was ruled out of the 2nd test which started in Karachi on March 12 after testing positive for Covid-19.

Faheem Ashraf tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Karachi (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Faheem Ashraf was eliminated from the 2nd Test which started on March 12 in Karachi
  • Ashraf tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at the team hotel
  • He missed the first Test due to a hamstring injury

Pakistan have suffered a major blow ahead of their second test against Australia in Karachi as all-rounder Faheem Ashraf was ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19. However, Hasan Ali, who missed the first Test, was back with the hosts at training in Karachi for the Test which will start on March 12.

Faheem Ashraf will undergo a second Covid-19 test on Thursday after returning a positive result on arrival at the team hotel

Both Faheem and Hasan missed the first Test due to injury concerns. The series opener in Rawalpindi ended in a boring draw, with just 14 wickets falling on a lifeless pitch over the course of 5 days.

“Faheem tested positive on Wednesday and has been isolated for five days, as per protocols,” said a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman.

“Currently he is not available for the second test, but that could change depending on the re-test, which is conducted later today.”

Faheem has taken 22 wickets and scored 600 runs in 13 Tests he played for Pakistan.

Pakistan played Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi as their front-line pacesetters in the first test. Hasan is likely to replace Shah for the 2nd Test.

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