The owners of Lahore Qalandars have lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their poor management of the bio-secure bubble.
The CEO of Lahore Qalandars, Atif Rana, said that the breaches of the bio-secure bubble were ignored by the PCB and there was no choice left but to postpone PSL due to the COVID-19 spread within the bio-secure bubble.
Atif Rana also said that PCB had been aware of the beaches, including one of the team owners embracing his players without being a part of the bio-secure bubble, but they failed to take action on this.
Atif Rana said that they had requested PCB to not hold the PSL during the COVID-19 pandemic but after consultation with the other five franchises, the board decided to hold the tournament.
On the eve of the opening match of PSL 6, Peshawar Zalmi’s captain, Wahab Riaz, and head coach, Darren Sammy, breached the bio-secure bubble when they met the team owner, Javed Afridi. The PCB decided to send the players in quarantine but after Zalmi allegedly threatened to boycott the tournament, PCB allowed them to reintegrate with the rest of the squad.
This led to people questioning the sanctity of the bio-secure bubble.
After seven individuals, including six players and one official, tested positive for COVID-19, PCB decided to postpone PSL 6 indefinitely. Islamabad United’s leg spinner, Fawad Ahmed, was the first player to test positive and was sent to the isolation facility within the bio-secure bubble. Islamabad’s match with Quetta was hence rescheduled.