Naseem Shah, a part of the franchise Quetta Gladiators has been released from the remaining leg of the Pakistan Super League 2021. His expulsion has been due to a non-compliant RT-PCR defined test result.
According to the protocols, all the players travelling for the tournaments had to arrive at the designated hotel in Lahore and Karachi on 24 May carrying negative reports of PCR tests taken not more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the hotel. However, it is reported that Naseem Naseem presented a PCR report from a test that was conducted on 18 May.
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. Hence, the fast bowler will not be travelling to UAE on 26 May with the rest of the contingent and is now out of the competition.
“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in releasing a young fast bowler from its marquee event but if we will 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", said Babar Hamid, Director – Commercial and head of HBL PSL 6.
“This decision will also send out a loud and clear message to all involved in the remaining matches that the PCB will not compromise on any violations and will expel the player or player support personnel irrespective of his stature and standing in the game if they are found to be flouting the prescribed protocols or regulations.
“All participating in the tournament must understand that these protocols have been put in place for the health and safety of all involved as well for the integrity and credibility of the event and the PCB. As such, the onus is on them to ensure these are followed in its true letter and spirit and without exception.”
Naseem did not enjoy the first leg of the tournament before it was postponed due to COVID cases being detected inside the bubble. He played two games for the Gladiators, returned wicketless and with an economy of 11.