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1 May 2021
Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators fast-bowler Naseem Shah has been released from the remaining games of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League. The young bowler came to the designated hotel in Lahore with a non-compliant RT-PCR result and thus forced the PSL authority to have no choice but to let him go.
As per the Covid-19 protocols for the remaining HBL Pakistan Super League 6, all the players were asked to assemble at the hotel with an RT-PCR negative report for Covid-19. The report needed to be at most 48 hours old, however, Naseem presented a PCR report from a test that was conducted on 18 May.
Reacting to the sequence of events, Babar Hamid, Director – Commercial and head of HBL PSL 6 said, “The PCB doesn’t take any pride in releasing a young fast bowler from its marquee event but if we will ignore this breach, then we will potentially put at risk the entire event.”
“We appreciate Quetta Gladiators for accepting this decision as it confirms we are all aligned to strictly following and implementing the protocols,” he further added in his statement on the matter.
Naseem, who was part of the Gladiators pace attack alongside Mohammad Hasnain and Usman Shinwari has played nine Tests and 14 T20s. PCB further went on to assure all that no compromise with health and Covid-19 would be tolerated.
“This decision will also send out a loud and clear message to all involved in the remaining matches that the PCB will not compromise on any violations and will expel the player or player support personnel irrespective of his stature and standing in the game if they are found to be flouting the prescribed protocols or regulations,” Hamid said.
For the remaining 20 matches of the PSL that would be conducted at the Shiekh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Pakistani players would leave for the destination on May 26 in charter flights.