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18 May 2021
After getting suspended for the final of the HBL PSL 6, Peshawar Zalmi pacer Umaid Asif has expressed his disappointment and apologised to his teammates and the captain and coaching staff for letting them down ahead of such a big game. The duo of Haider Ali and Umaid Asif was suspended from the final as they admitted to breaching the Health and Safety Protocols that were in place for the tournament. They admitted to meeting people from outside their designated bio-secure bubble and not maintaining prescribed social distancing.
“I regret and have immense remorse for my actions. Although it is no excuse, I had a momentary lapse in concentration and breached bio-bubble protocol…,” said Asif in a statement shared on his personal Twitter handle.
“I’m bitterly disappointed at not only missing out on playing in the PSL final but more importantly for letting down my Peshawar Zalmi team mates, fans and all those following the PSL,” he further added.
He also apologised to his team management hoping that despite the absence of two of their premier players they will manage to win the tournament.
“I’m extremely sorry to every individual member of my Peshawar Zalmi management, Akram bhai, Inzamam bhai, Darren Sammy and especially my captain Wahab Riaz bhai who have supported me throughout PSL…again apologise for any negative publicity this has created,” he said
“I can’t express how devastated and dejected I’m at this moment, personally for missing out on a PSL final, but I will be supporting my team mates from my room and pray that they lift the PSL trophy again,” he concluded.