Quetta Gladiators allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been ruled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 7 for at least a week. This would make him miss the Gladiators’ first four matches. Afridi tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, the first time being in June 2020, when he was helping with relief efforts during the early stages of the epidemic.
Afridi has checked out of his hotel room and has been granted special permission by the PCB to isolate at home rather than in the designated place for those who test positive. Gladiators have verified that after seven days of isolation and a negative PCR test, he can be reintegrated into the bubble.
All individuals who have been in close contact with the positive person during the previous 48 hours starting from the time of collection of the sample that resulted in a positive test – such as members of the same team, individuals on the same hotel floor, or anyone who has interacted with him for longer than 15 minutes from less than two metres – will be isolated and tested as well, according to the PCB’s Covid protocols.
Due to a back strain, he sustained during batting practice in Karachi on Tuesday, Afridi was already expected to miss at least the first two games of the Gladiators.
Afridi was traded by Multan Sultans to Gladiators in December last year after he led Peshawar Zalmi in the first season of the competition before capturing the cup with them the following year.
PSL 7 kicks off on Thursday, January 27, with a blockbuster opening game between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. The Gladiators begin their campaign in the second match of this season on Friday against Peshawar Zalmi.