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PSL 6: Sarfaraz Ahmed and 10 others barred from boarding commercial flights to Abu Dhabi

By Bet Barter

May 31, 2021

Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and ten other players were not allowed to board commercial flights for Abu Dhabi. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, all the PSL-bound cricketers were denied from boarding the commercial flights because they didn't have the required clearances. A group of around 25 people from Lahore and Karachi were going to travel to the UAE on a chartered plane. The report also stated that Quetta Gladiators' owner Nadeem Omer blames the Pakistan Cricket Board over the Chaos. Sarfaraz Ahmed is also not happy with the way the board has handled things.

PCB has decided to allow Naseem Shah to join his team for the PSL

According to sources, the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to put the cricketers in commercial flights denying the COVID-19 protocols in a last-minute decision. Earlier this week, Quetta Gladiators pacer Naseem Shah and Multan Sultans all-rounder Shahid Afridi were ruled out of the PSL. Shahid Afridi has been ruled out of the PSL season six due to a back injury. Afridi was practising in Karachi for the forthcoming league games when he experienced pain in his lower back. After the injury, the former was examined by a doctor who has advised him complete rest.

On the other hand, Naseem Shah had breached the protocols. He arrived with a non-compliant RT-PCR test result at the designated hotel. After submitting the PCR test report, the bowler was placed into isolation on a separate floor. The youngster was not allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. However, PCB has now made a U-turn and decided to allow the youngster to join his team for the PSL. Earlier, 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.

PSL six was cancelled after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in March this year. The remainder of the league is slated to commence from June 5, considering the conditions will get hotter in the latter part of June and July. Karachi was then eventually the venue decided to host the remainder of PSL matches. However, the National Command and Operations Authority, which monitors the COVID-19 situation, advised against hosting the competition again in Karachi.

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