The two had breached Covid-19 protocols and were required to serve a three-day quarantine and return two negative tests
The PCB has allowed Wahab Riaz and Daren Sammy to reintegrate with the Peshawar Zalmi set-up without completing the three-day quarantine period, as the board had announced earlier, following a Covid-19 protocol breach. The violation took place when the two met franchise owner Javed Afridi outside the team’s bio-security bubble on Friday.
Sammy, the coach of the PSL team, and Riaz, the team’s captain, were required to undergo the quarantine as well as return two negative tests within that timeframe with a 48-hour gap before being allowed to be with their team-mates, in accordance with the board’s protocols.
A PCB official told ESPNcricinfo that, following the breach on Friday, Covid-19 tests were conducted the same night and then on Saturday, and both sets were negative. Following this, the two were allowed to join the team ahead of their PSL 2021 opener against Lahore Qalandars on Sunday.
“The team has offered its regrets to the PCB on Friday’s breach and has thanked the PSL ETC for accepting their appeal,” the board said in a statement on Sunday. “They have further assured protocols will be followed and respected as everyone wants the PSL to succeed.”
The breach came three days after the PCB had briefed players, support staff and match officials to “religiously follow” all Covid-19 protocols. Each PSL franchise has its own Covid-19 compliance officer, who is responsible for testing, implementation of protocols, sanitisation, and players’ temperature checks. The whole process is bring regulated by the event doctor.
On Saturday, the PCB had said, “The PCB is disappointed that two members of one of the sides showed carelessness and violated the bio-secure bubble protocols by coming into contact with a person who was not part of the bubble. As reiterated previously, the health and safety of all individuals associated with Pakistan Super League 6 is of paramount importance to the PCB and the event.
“All players, player support personnel, match officials and family members are once again reminded to diligently follow the PCB Covid-19 Protocols as the PCB will not allow anyone to affect the integrity and credibility of the tournament.”
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Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent