PSL 2021 final: Peshawar Zalmi’s Haider Ali, Umaid Asif suspended for bio-secure breach

Haider Ali

Haider Ali and Umaid Asif have been suspended from Thursday’s PSL 6 final against Multan Sultans after admitting to breaking health and safety rules. This is a significant loss for Peshawar Zalmi. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement that the Pakistan Super League players interacted with persons outside their designated bio-secure bubble and failed to maintain the required social distance.

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The incident occurred on Wednesday, and the Tournament COVID-19 Management Panel, which included Barrister Salman Naseer (PCB, Chief Operating Officer) and Babar Hamid (Director – Commercial, and PSL 6 head), reached a conclusion earlier today. 

“The two cricketers were discovered not to have communicated with any other members of the squad at any time following the incident and have been placed in room isolation,” the statement continued. 

In addition, Haider Ali has been removed from both the England and West Indies tours. 

Sohaib Maqsood Announced Replacement Of Haider Ali

Sohaib Maqsood has been chosen as Haider Ali’s substitute for the two tours on which the Pakistan men’s national cricket team will play three ODIs and eight T20Is, as well as two Tests in Jamaica, by Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim in conjunction with captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq. 

Sohaib has had a fantastic Pakistan Super League 6, scoring 363 runs in 11 matches at an average of 40.33 and a strike rate of well under 153. 

He has played 26 ODIs and 20 T20Is for Pakistan, with his last T20I match being against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2016. 

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