In a recent turn of events, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed the right-arm pacer Naseem Shah to rejoin to bio-bubble for PSL despite breaching the COVID-19 protocols. PCB took the decision 3 days after the 18-year-old pacer was ruled out of the Pakistan Super League for not complying with the protocols. Earlier, Naseem had breached the protocols for departure from Pakistan by arriving at the hotel with a non-compliant RT-PCR test result. As per the protocols, the players travelling for the PSL to Abu Dhabi were asked to assemble in the hotels by May 24, with test reports taken within 48 hours. However, Naseem presented the report of a test taken on May 18. Hence, the young gun was released after recommendations from the medical advisory panel.
Naseem to clear a pre-isolation test before rejoining bio-bubble
The 18-year-old pacer will have to clear a pre-isolation test in order to rejoin the bio bubble and enter the team hotel. Following this, Naseem will be required to provide 2 consecutive negative tests to be able to board the flight to Abu Dhabi.
“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 as 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,” said Babar Hamid, Director PSL 6 in an official statement.