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Haider Ali, Umaid suspended from PSL 6 final for bio-secure breach

Haider Ali and Umaid Asif were found breaching the bio-secure bubble.

LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi cricketers Haider Ali and Umaid Asif have been suspended from the final of the Pakistan Super League 6 against Multan Sultans.

According to a statement by PCB, the players admitted to charges of violating the Health and Safety Protocols by meeting people from outside their designated bio-secure bubble and also failing to maintain the prescribed social distancing.

The incident happened on Wednesday and the decision was made early Thursday morning by the Tournament Covid-19 Management panel comprising PCB, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Barrister Salman Naseer and Director Commercial and PSL 6 head Babar Hamid.

The two cricketers were found not to have interacted with any other squad members at any time after the incident and have been placed in room isolation, the PCB said.

Furthermore, Haider Ali has been withdrawn from the England and West Indies tours. Sohaib Maqsood has been named as his replacement for the two tours during which the team will play three ODIs and eight T20Is, apart from two Tests in Jamaica.

The decision was made by chief selector Muhammad Wasim in consultation with captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

Sohaib Maqsood has had a stellar PSL 6 and has scored 363 runs in 11 matches with an average of 40.33 and strike rate of just under 153. Sohaib has represented Pakistan in 26 ODIs and 20 T20Is, with his last T20I appearance being against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2016.