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Naseem Shah ruled out of PSL 6 for COVID protocols breach

May 25, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Quetta Gladiators pacer Naseem Shah is set to miss the remainder of the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League. The 18-year-old was released from isolation in Lahore following a breach of COVID-19 protocols on Monday. Naseem breached the protocols as he arrived with a non-compliant RT-PCR test result at the designated hotel. As a result, the youngster will not be traveling to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and is also out of the tournament.

According to the COVID-19 protocols for the remaining PSL matches, all those traveling through chartered flights from Karachi and Lahore were instructed to gather at the respective team hotels with negative reports of PCR tests. The reports taken should not have been more than 48 hours before arrival at the hotel. However, Naseem Shah presented a PCR report from a test that was carried out on May 18.

Gladiators struggling at the bottom of the points table with one win in four matches

After submitting the PCR test report, the bowler was placed into isolation on a separate floor. However, he was ruled out of the competition following a decision made by a three-member panel on the recommendation of the independent Medical Advisory Panel for PSL. When the PSL started in February, Naseem Shah had played two matches in which he couldn’t get a wicket. He also gave away runs at an economy rate of 11. The 18-year-old pacer has come up the ranks in Pakistan cricket over the last one and half years. Meanwhile, the Gladiators are struggling at the bottom of the points table with one win from four matches. Their only victory came against Multan Sultans by 22 runs.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has still not confirmed whether the competition will start on June 1. There are chances that the tournament will be delayed by a few days. The decision regarding the matches is anticipated to be made soon. The sixth season of PSL had to be postponed in March after COVID-19 cases continued to increase in different franchises. The league was suspended after 14 league stage matches, with the last game being played on March 3. It was known that a bio-bubble breach was reported even before the start of the tournament. The PCB, in April, had declared that PSL would resume in June in Pakistan. However, the officials have decided to move the tournament to UAE.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth