Fast bowler Haris Rauf, all-rounder Shadab Khan and uncapped teenage batsman Haider Ali were tested on Sunday in Rawalpindi and found to have COVID-19.
According to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), all three have shown no symptoms and were advised to immediately enter isolation.
Another 23 players from the 29-man squad are due to receive test results on Tuesday, with Usman Shinwari and Imad Wasim having already returned negative tests and Shoaib Malik SET to join up with the squad at a later date after being given permission to spend time with his family.
Giles says the positive tests are undeniably a concern but is confident the tour, which is due to see three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals take place from the end of July until September, will go ahead as planned.
“It is a concern – and we are most concerned about the welfare of those players who have tested positive,” said Giles, who is managing director of men’s cricket for England.
“At the moment, I don’t think the series is in doubt. We are far enough away from the start of the Test series to be too worried and we are still hopeful the Pakistan team will be arriving in the country fairly soon.
Director – Medical and Sports Sciences, Dr Sohail Saleem talks about bio-secure environment, exit rules for players tested positive, and use of saliva or sweat on the cricket ball on Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England.
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“We are still waiting on the other test results but I think we are still far enough out even if a number of those results were positive.”
Pakistan has recorded a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, with 3,946 more confirmed on Tuesday, taking the total number to just over 185,000. Nearly 3,700 people to test positive for coronavirus have died.
“The situation in Pakistan is not great at the moment and our thoughts go out to the whole country, so clearly it’s important we get the team in the country and we can get on with our series,” Giles said. “Anything that puts that at risk is clearly a problem.
“All of this has uncertainty still as we know how fast-moving the situation has been around the world. We have been very careful at every step, but do we really know what’s around the corner? No.
“This is such a global and far-reaching issue and is affecting everyone and there are far more important things going on than sport.
“But we are hopeful that if we can get international sport on it will be a fillip for people around the world.”
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