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PCB bars Naseem Shah from PSL 6 for violating COVID-19 protocols

Naseem presented a PCR report from a test conducted on 18 May

Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah won’t be taking part in the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The pacer was charged for breach of COVID-19 protocols before departure from the country. Consequently, Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) has barred him from playing the remaining matches of PSL 6.

The PSL bound players are set to depart for UAE on May 26. The PCB had asked all the players travelling via chartered flights from Karachi and Lahore to assemble at the team hotels on May 24 with a negative COVID-19 report, not more than 48 hours old. However, Naseem presented a report from May 18.

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Post submitting the report, Naseem was placed into isolation on a separate floor before being released following a decision made by a three-member panel on the recommendation of the independent Medical Advisory Panel for PSL

Director (Commercial) and head of PSL, Babar Hamid, informed that the development has been conveyed to Quetta Gladiators and the franchise has accepted the decision.

“If we 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.

This decision will also send out a loud and clear message to all involved that the PCB will not compromise on any violations and will expel the player or support personnel irrespective of his stature and standing if they are found to be flouting the prescribed protocols or regulations”, he said.

The remainder of the PSL 6 will be played in Abu Dhabi. While the date of resumption is not confirmed, it is speculated that the tournament will get underway from June 5.

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