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Pak suffers setback ahead of Australia’s Test series

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LAHORE: Pakistan cricket teams has suffered double blow as Pacer Haris Rauf has tested positive for Covid-19 while all-rounder Faheem Ashraf was already ruled out of the five-day opener which began on 4 March in Rawalpindi.

In an update released today evening, the cricket board said Rauf tested positive upon his rapid antigen test, following which he was sent into isolation.

“Further details will be provided in due course,” the board said.

All-rounder Fahim Ashraf got injured during the first Eliminator of the Pakistan Super League season seven. He did not take part in the second Eliminator, which Islamabad lost by six runs.

28-year-old sustained a groin injury and is doubtful for the Test series.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to announce a replacement as his participation in the other two Test matches also remains unlikely.

Naseem Shah has been identified as his possible replacement as he is already included in the squad as a reserve player. The selection committee will make a final decision regarding Faheem’s replacement by Monday.

The first game of the three-match series will be played in Rawalpindi.  

Mohammad Nawaz has already been ruled out of the series due to an injury.

Local media said, pacer Hassan Ali has also not recovered fully from injuries and their participation in the Rawalpindi Test is doubtful.

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