Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sohail Saleem, revealed that he was forced to resign from his post after the debacle of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Dr. Saleem said that he was made the scapegoat for PCB’s incompetence, while no action was taken against the others involved in the poor management.
Dr. Sohail Saleem resigned after PSL 6 was postponed as players and members of franchises tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Saleem was responsible for the bio-secure bubble for this particular tournament, and according to reports, it was highly mismanaged, with multiple breaches of protocols reported.
Dr. Saleem revealed that PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, asked him to resign from his post soon after the decision to postpone the tournament was taken.
Dr. Saleem said, “Without a second’s hesitation, I tendered my resignation. However, in my personal opinion, I was made a scapegoat for the mismanagement that took place to save others who were responsible”.
Dr. Saleem was disappointed at the way the situation was handled and the manner he was treated in the last few hours of his service. He said that he had worked hard, working day and night for the past year, and was heartbroken at the treatment he received from the PCB. He said that he was an integral part of organizing the domestic season and international season during the ongoing pandemic.
He said that the PCB owed him an explanation as to why he was the only one suffering the consequences of the negligence.