Quetta Gladiators fast pitcher Naseem Shah has been kicked out of the rest of the PSL 2021. The T-20 league will be played in Abu Dhabi after the young man violated COVID-19 protocols that all participants were supposed to follow.
The 18-year-old reportedly arrived at the designated hotel in Lahore on Monday with a non-compliant RT-PCR test, resulting in an outdated negative test. Participants who were supposed to depart for the United Arab Emirates from Karachi and Lahore on May 26 were to submit a negative RT-PCR test report not taken 48 hours before their arrival at the team’s hotel.
However, the Pakistani pacemaker submitted a negative report that took place on May 18, for which he was immediately kept isolated in a separate floor from the rest of the players in the hotel before being finally released from the tournament. The decision to expel the player from the tournament was made by a three-member committee with the recommendation of the PSL’s independent medical advisory panel.
Speaking of development, Babar Hamid, PCB commercial director, said in a statement: “The PCB is not proud to release a young fast bowler from their marquee event, but if we ignore this gap then we will potentially put the entire event at risk. This will also send a loud and clear message to everyone involved in the remaining parties that the PCB will not commit any violations. “
The young sensation is a key player for Quetta Gladiators. He impressed during his tremendous debut for Pakistan against Australia in 2019. The young rider also scored a hat-trick in a test match against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi last year.
In addition to Shah, Pakistan’s legendary off-roader Shahid Afridi will be another player who will miss the remaining matches of PSL 2021 due to a lower back injury. Multan Sultans announced her lower back discomfort this week. The experienced player will be replaced by left-arm spinner Asif Afridi for the remainder of the tournament.