Pakistan’s Faheem Ashraf has been cleared to play against Australia in the second Test in Karachi after returning a negative result for COVID-19 in a retest, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday.
The 28-year-old all-rounder had tested positive for the virus on arrival at the team hotel, throwing his participation into doubt. The second Ttest starts on Saturday.
“Faheem has tested negative in retests and has rejoined the side, meaning he’s now available for the second test,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson said, as quoted by Reuters news agency.
Pakistan have received a big boost as along with Faheem, Hasan Ali is also available for selection for the 2nd Test. The pace duo missed the Rawalpindi Test due to injury concerns.
Pakistan played Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi as their frontline pacers in the first Test. Hasan is likely to replace Shah for the 2nd Test.