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Fakhar Zaman tests negative for Covid-19 after being left out of Pakistan squad
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Fakhar Zaman tests negative for Covid-19 after being left out of Pakistan squad

Fakhar Zaman has tested negative for coronavirus a day after Pakistan's 34-man squad departed for the New Zealand tour.

The opening batsman had been dropped from the team's extended line-up after suffering a fever and exhibiting symptoms feared to resemble a Covid-19 infected patient.

The decision to omit the 30-year-old was finalised as a precautionary measure in accordance with the health and safety protocols and travel guidelines.

Although the aggressive opening batsman had returned a negative result for a Covid-19 test on Saturday along with the rest of the squad members, he underwent another test on Monday.

Fakhar will now travel to his hometown Mardan from Lahore, where he was kept in self-isolation following the bout of fever.

His exclusion from Pakistan's squad might pave the way for the team management to persist with Abdullah Shafique as Babar Azam's opening partner in the upcoming three-match T20I series.

Shafique had a sparkling introduction in international cricket when he made an unbeaten 41 against Zimbabwe in the third T20I earlier this month in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan's touring party will first be quarantined upon arrival before being allowed to train. They will kick off the contests against New Zealand with the T20I series scheduled to begin on December 18.

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