But as governments lift restrictions to boost their stagnant economies, there have been widespread fears of a second wave of infections that could plunge the world back into lockdown.
Playing cricket in an empty stadium is like marriage without a bride. We need crowds to play games. I hope the corona situation will be normalized within a year, says Akhtar.
FC Seoul expressed "sincere remorse” over the controversy, but insisted in a statement that it used mannequins - not sex dolls - to mimic a home crowd during Sunday's 1-0 win over Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
The PCB said leg-spinner Shadab Khan, fast bowler Haris Rauf and teenage batsman Haider Ali had tested positive for COVID-19 despite showing no symptoms and would now go into self-isolation.
It will be Test cricket but not as we've known it when England face the West Indies in the opening match of a "bio-secure" series at Southampton starting on Wednesday.
The PCB had earlier announced that 10 players have tested positive for the deadly virus and Hafeez was part of that group. Hafeez then took to Twitter to share the report of the personal test that he got done a day after PCB's test.
The 18-strong squad is due to leave on Sunday and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan said the left out players could rejoin if they later test negative for the disease.
"The players who have tested positive would have thought that PCB is not supporting them at this difficult time," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.
The team will face a two-week isolation period on arrival before continuing their preparations ahead of the first Test with two four-day warm-up matches.
The circumstances will be surreal with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning no fans will be present in the bio-secure environment — the only sounds being the thump of leather on willow, the chit-chat between the players and some piped-in crowd effects.