The Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] has revealed that as many as nine players- some of them internationals- and three match-officials have breached the bio-security bubble during the National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi.
While the PCB didn’t name the players who have been found guilty of breaching the protocol, according to media reports, the violators include Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Basit Ali, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Sohail Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah and Usman Shinwari.
The PCB is naturally furious at the violation of the Covid-19 protocol and has sent out a warning to all the players and officials participating in the National T20 Cup that any future breach of rules will lead to immediate expulsion from the tournament.
“This is completely unacceptable to the PCB”- Nadeem Khan on Pakistan players breaching the Covid protocols
Nadeem Khan, PCB’s director of High-Performance center, called the breach ‘completely unacceptable’, adding that such irresponsible behavior has the potential to jeopardize the entire tournament.
“The PCB is disturbed and disappointed that some senior players and officials have breached the bio-secure bubble during the National T20 Cup. In doing so, they have put at risk the integrity of the tournament and health and safety of their colleagues.” Nadeem Khan said.
“This is completely unacceptable to the PCB and following meetings with the concerned players and their team officials, it has been agreed there will be zero-tolerance for future breaches and those violating the protocols will be expelled from the ongoing and future tournaments.Their irresponsible actions can jeopardise all the efforts of the PCB in organising events and inviting teams during these challenging times.” he added.
Meanwhile, Covid tests were performed on the 9 players and their reports returned negative. The 12 individuals in question took care of the expenses incurred in conducting the tests besides also receiving warnings.