On Thursday, Peshawar Zalmi pair Haider Ali and Umaid Asif have been expelled from playing the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 after they admitted charges of breaching the bio-bubble protocols, ahead of the PSL 6 Final.
The duo was found violating the safety protocols by meeting people from outside their designated bio-secure bubble and failed to maintain social distancing. The incident happened on Wednesday, while the charges were put on Thursday.
“The two cricketers were found not to have interacted with any other squad members at any time after the incident and have been placed in room isolation,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement said.
“Chair of the Selectors Muhammad Wasim, in consultation with captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has named Sohaib Maqsood as Haider Ali’s replacement for the two tours on which the Pakistan men’s national cricket team will play three ODIs and eight T20Is, apart from two Tests in Jamaica,” the PCB said.
Umaid Asif has played nine games for Zalmi, picking eight wickets in them. On the other hand, Haider Ali has also fetured in the same number of games, scoring 166 runs, including a half-century.
The cricketers have been directed to self-isolate. The two cricketers did not interact with any other squad members at that time.
Haider Ali has been withdrawn from the England and West Indies tours, respectively. Subsequently, Sohaib Maqsood has been named as his replacement for the two tours. The Pakistan men’s national cricket team is due to play three ODIs and eight T20Is, apart from two Tests in Jamaica.
“Sohaib has had a stellar HBL Pakistan Super League 6, in which he has to date scored 363 runs in 11 matches with an average of 40.33 and strike-rate of just under 153. Sohaib has represented Pakistan in 26 ODIs and 20 T20Is, with his last T20I appearance being against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2016,” the PCB statement added.