Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) allowed Peshawar Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz and Coach Daren Sammy to join the team after testing negative for COVID-19 protocol breach on Friday.
PCB relaxed three day quarantine period that PCB announced earlier for the duo. Riaz & Sammy were required to undergo the quarantine as well as return with two negative COVID-19 tests within that time frame with a 48 hours gap before being allowed to be with their teammates in accordance with the Board’s Protocols.
COVID-19 tests were conducted the same night & then on Saturday & both their sets were negative. Following this the two players were allowed to join PCB team ahead of their PSL 2021 Opener match against Lahore Qalandars on Sunday, ESPNcricinfo quoted a PCB official as saying. Following two negative test results the two were allowed to join the team ahead of their PSL 2021 Opener match against Lahore Qalandars on Sunday.
“A player and an official of the side participating in the Pakistan Super League 2021 have been allowed to enter the bio-secure bubble after their side’s appeal was accepted by the Event Technical Committee on Sunday morning. This means the two individuals can now integrate with their side and participate in team activities,” the board said in a statement on Sunday.
On Saturday the PCB confirmed that a player from a franchise featuring in the PSL tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier this week the PCB had appealed the players, player’s support personnel & match Officials featuring in the PSL to strictly follow the bio-secure & PCB’s COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants as well as the integrity of the 34-match event.