Mohammad Hafeez, senior batsman said that many Pakistani players tested positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand because they flew on commercial flights where health protection measures in the economy class were weak.
After a nearly 24-hour journey, 10 Pakistan players tested positive for the Covid-19 on arrival in Christchurch and it led to the New Zealand health authorities ensuring that the Pakistan squad spent 14 days in isolation, something Mohammad Hafeez did not like in his television interview.
Mohammad Hafeez commented after coming back from New Zealand, that he believed the players contracted the virus on the commercial flight because some of them had to sit in the economy class where social distance protocols were lax and then the players were exposed.
Being criticised for sending players on a commercial flight to Auckland, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was not cost-effective to send the whole 53 members of the squad on a chartered flight because of the journey's duration.
Due to the situation of Covid-19, the Pakistani players had travelled to England in the summer on a chartered flight, but the costs were beared by the England Cricket Board (ECB). Wasim Khan, PCB CEO admitted that some of the Pakistan A team's players and officials had to fly to New Zealand in the economy class since only a certain number of seats in business and first class were available.