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Dubai: Pakistan batters Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik are suffering from “mild flu” and they could be doubtful starters for the T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia on Thursday.

Rizwan and Malik, who missed the team’s training session on Wednesday, though tested negative for COVID-19. The team has also cleared the regular testing through the tournament.

“Both players were tested for COVID-19 and both tested negative,” ‘ESPNCricinfo’ reported.

 “As with the rest of their squad, they have cleared regular COVID-19 testing through the tournament, including one a couple of days ago.

That is part of the ICC’s policy to encourage teams to test as often as possible,” it added.

According to the report, the two players woke up on Wednesday morning with “light flu and low fever” and were first advised to delay practice but were later allowed to give it a miss.

“Pakistan are not overly concerned at the moment about their participation in Thursday’s game, and will be reviewing their status in the morning again,” the report said.



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