The Pakistan team had discussed with the Pakistan Cricket Board the option of pulling out of New Zealand while it was in managed isolation but players and officials decided to complete the tour, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said on Friday.

Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand was thrown into doubt when eight members of the Pakistan contingent tested positive for COVID-19, and some breached health protocols. The New Zealand health authorities had revoked the team’s exemption to train in smaller groups after the third day in quarantine following the breach.

“Obviously, these were not normal circumstances and we discussed with the cricket board options but in the end we decided that now that we have already been in New Zealand for so long we must remain and finish the tour,” Misbah said when asked if the option of returning home was discussed while the team was in quarantine.


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