Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah out of PSL 2021 for violating coronavirus protocols

Young quick arrived at team hotel in Lahore with outdated test for Covid-19

Quetta Gladiators Naseem Shah delivers a ball during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 cricket match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators in the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on February 23, 2020. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP)
Powered by automated translation

Fast bowler Naseem Shah has been expelled from next month’s Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi after breaching the tournament’s Covid-19 protocols.

Shah, 18, arrived at a team hotel in Lahore on Monday with an outdated negative test for Covid-19 and the Pakistan Cricket Board said the right-arm fast bowler “is now out of the competition.”

The PCB’s protocols require all the players traveling to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to present a negative test taken not more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the team hotel. Shah presented a report on Monday from a test that was conducted on May 18.

The PCB said it immediately placed Shah into isolation on a separate floor before being released from the hotel following a decision made by a three-member committee on the recommendation of the independent medical advisory panel of the PSL.

“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in releasing a young fast bowler from its marquee event, but if we will ignore this breach, then we will potentially put at risk the entire event,” said PCB’s director commercial Babar Hamid in a statement.


PSL 2020 team of the tournament


Hamid, who also heads the PSL, said that Shah’s expulsion from the event “will also send out a loud and clear message to all involved in the remaining matches that the PCB will not compromise on any violations and will expel the player or player support personnel irrespective of his stature and standing in the game if they are found to be flouting the prescribed protocols or regulations.”

Shah was supposed to be the key player for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.

While players from six franchises are scheduled to fly out to Abu Dhabi this week, the PCB has not yet released the schedule of the remaining 20 games.

Pakistan’s premier domestic T20 league was postponed in March with 20 games to go when several players and support staff among the six franchises tested positive for coronavirus.