Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans are set to lock horns in the PSL final. Ahead of the marquee clash, Peshawar Zalmi has been dealt with a blow as their two players, Haider Ali and Umaid Asif have been ruled out for violating bubble protocols. Haider Ali has also been dropped from the England and West Indies tour and will be replaced by Sohaib Maqsood. The PCB had already made it clear that any leniency in following COVID-19 protocols will not be tolerated. The nature of the breach is still not known. While Haider Ali wasn’t expected to feature in the final, Umaid Asif was an integral part of Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling set-up.
A popular cricket statistician Mazher Arshad confirmed the news.
Haider Ali and Umaid Asif out of PSL final after violating the bubble protocols. Haider is also out of England and West Indies tour. He will be replaced by Sohaib Maqsood.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 24, 2021
Pakistan are set to tour England and West Indies after the PSL and Haider Ali has lost a golden opportunity to make a mark in international cricket. Meanwhile, it has given Sohaib Maqsood a chance to make a case for himself for the T20 World Cup scheduled in India later this year. Maqsood has been rewarded for his consistent performances in the PSL 6 for Multan Sultans. He is third on the list of most runs in PSL 6 with 363 runs in 11 games. Talking about his international stats, Maqsood has played 26 ODIs and 20 T20Is for Pakistan, scoring 735 and 221 runs respectively.
Peshawar Zalmi will be looking to bag their second PSL title later today. However, Multan Sultans have also been in great form and will pose a stern challenge.
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