Sports news | South Africa squad clears COVID tests upon arrival in Pakistan

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Karachi, Jan. 17 (PTI) The entire South African cricket team has passed the COVID-19 tests, allowing tourists to attend their first outdoor training session on Sunday.

The South African squad, which includes 21 players, completed their first COVID-19 tests shortly after landing on Saturday morning. According to the media manager, all reports were negative.

The players and officials were then allowed to go to the Karachi Gymkhana grounds next to their hotel for their first training session.

The players and officials will have another round of COVID-19 testing in two days.

The South African squad arrived here without the services of their Indian performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, as the Pakistani embassy in Pretoria did not issue them a visa for the tour.

According to a source, Prasanna was refused a visa on security grounds.

The source said the team’s Indian analyst will now work from his home in Bengaluru and assist visitors in the test and T20 series.

Last year when Zimbabwe toured Pakistan, their head coach Lalchand Rajput did not join the team when he withdrew from the tour on the advice of the Indian embassy in Harare.

Visitors landed here on a charter flight for a month-long tour after all commercial airlines from South Africa were stopped due to the pandemic.

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