PAK vs AUS 2022: Haris Rauf Tests Positive For COVID-19 Ahead Of First Test Against Australia 2022. Haris Rauf has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Pakistan’s first Test against Australia, which begins on March 4 in Rawalpindi, according to ESPNCricinfo. The first Test match, where he would have made his Test debut if selected in the XI, may be out of reach now.
Rauf has been placed in isolation for the time being and will most likely be absent from Friday’s first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. When Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf both withdrew from Pakistan’s squad due to injuries picked up in the PSL last week, Rauf was in the running for selection.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may have to look at their reserve players, such as Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah, as a backup plan if Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Wasim Jr. are unavailable.
The Australian batsman Steve Smith, meantime, has allayed cricket fans’ fears by declaring that his team is really safe in Pakistan right now. Ashton Agar, the Australian team’s star spinner, was warned not to go to Pakistan by his wife, who had received death threats for doing so.
An examination conducted by the PCB found that the claim was neither credible nor a risk. As far as Cricket Australia is concerned, the threat posed by social media activity is “not regarded a risk,” according to the organization. Steve Smith has also stated that the entire Australian contingent has faith in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s security arrangements.
If something horrible happens on a social media network, we know about it. Asked about the security situation in Pakistan, he said: “We have a lot of people working here, we trust our security, and we feel extremely comfortable.”
March 4 is the date of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan, which will be held in Rawalpindi. The Kangaroos haven’t been to Pakistan for a bilateral series since 1998.