Pakistan's Nawaz tests positive for COVID

Pakistan left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz has tested positive for COVID-19 and will likely miss the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Thursday that the 27-year-old tested positive at the team hotel in Islamabad.

His 10-day quarantine in the hotel will end on September 19, definitely ruling him out of the first match.

New Zealand arrive on Saturday ahead of three ODIs in Rawalpindi on September 17, 19 and 21, followed by a five-match series of Twenty20 games in Lahore as both teams prepare for next month's T20 World Cup.

Nawaz, who has played 16 ODIs and 24 T20 internationals, is part of Pakistan's 15-strong World Cup squad.

All the other Pakistan team members returned negative tests and will start their first training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday.

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