Pakistan cricket team’s isolation behavior has ‘significantly improved’: New Zealand govt

Pakistan's cricket players photographed at airport before leaving for New Zealand on November 23, 2020. (Photo Courtesy: PCB)
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Updated 27 November 2020

Pakistan cricket team’s isolation behavior has ‘significantly improved’: New Zealand govt

  • Since the team was issued with a warning, compliance with quarantine rules is better, New Zealand says 
  • The team had been given an exemption to train together in small ‘bubbles’ after the second round of testing

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: The Pakistan cricket team’s behavior in their bio-secure facility in Christchurch had “significantly improved”, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said on Friday, just 24 hours after the tourists had been warned about breaching Covid-19 protocols.
The ministry had confirmed on Thursday that six of the 53 touring party members had tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon arrival, while there was also evidence there had been breaches of bio-security rules.
“Since the team was issued with a warning, compliance with MIQ (managed isolation and quarantine) rules in the facility has significantly improved,” it said in a statement on Friday.
“We thank members of the team for their co-operation with the case investigations following the announcement of positive cases within the team. “Co-operation and compliance are critical in ensuring New Zealand is kept safe from Covid-19.”
The positive results had come from tests administered upon the team’s entry to New Zealand, where all arrivals have to undergo 14 days of isolation.
The ministry added that the squad had undergone a second round of Covid-19 testing on Friday.
The team had been given an exemption to train together in small ‘bubbles’ after the second round of testing but that has been temporarily rescinded after the positive results.
Health officials were still conducting interviews with the squad. Anyone considered to have been in close contact with the six positives will not be allowed to train.
News of the positive tests and the restrictions being placed on the team sparked an angry response from former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who said New Zealand officials had treated them like a club team.
“I want to give a message to New Zealand board (NZC) that this is not a club team, it’s Pakistan national cricket team,” Shoaib said on his YouTube channel.
“We don’t need you. You are talking about Pakistan — the greatest country on the planet — so behave yourself and stop giving such statements.
“Be careful next time.”


Pakistan welcomes President Biden’s decision to reverse travel ban on Muslim countries

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Pakistan welcomes President Biden’s decision to reverse travel ban on Muslim countries

  • The ban was imposed by the Trump administration in 2017 after it claimed that ‘terrorists’ were trying to enter the United States
  • Pakistan’s foreign office believes the new American president’s decision will help address the culture of Islamophobia in the world

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday praised President Joe Biden’s decision to reverse the travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries that were imposed by the Trump administration in 2017. 

“We welcome the US administration’s plan to end travel ban on a list of Muslim majority countries,” said the foreign office spokesperson, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, while talking to Arab News. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the importance of addressing Islamophobia in the world. We hope that such measures by major countries will help achieve that objective.” 

Trump introduced the ban by issuing an executive order, citing attempts by “terrorists” to enter the US from Muslim countries and several African nations. 

“This is a very good step that President Joe Biden has taken and we hope and pray that the new US administration will treat Muslims equally like all other people,” Senator Abdul Qayyum, who is part of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the United States, told Arab News. 

He added that people expected the US to abide by the United Nations charter and follow its old traditions which kept that country open to the whole world. 

“Imposing such travel bans on Muslim states can promote racist tendencies against the followers of Islam,” he continued. “We don't expect that from the United States since Americans believe in practicing high moral values and take pride in them.” 

The senator also expressed optimism that the Biden administration would pay attention to the Kashmir and Palestine disputes. 

“We hope and pray that President Biden will be absolutely fair and transparent while dealing with Kashmir and Palestine,” he said. “If he emphasizes the importance of implementing the United Nations resolutions on these two issues, we are likely to have a more peaceful world.”