Pakistan Super League 2021 has been hit by between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on Monday has been delayed by two hours after Pakistan-Australian cricketer Fawad Ahmed tested positive for the novel coronavirus. PSL franchise Islamabad United confirmed the news on Twitter about Ahmed’s positive test. The franchise also further added that Fawad’s teammates have been re-tested and their results have come out negative. Also Read - Check Your Privilege! Pooja Bedi Faces Flak From Netizens Over Her 'Don't Let The Virus Cage You' Tweet
Match 12 of the Pakistan Super League was scheduled to be played at the National Stadium in Karachi. It was going to start at 7 PM PKT (7:30 PM IST), but now will start at 9 PM PKT (9:30 PM IST). Also Read - Ayurveda COVID-19 Expert Analysis: Does The Ayurveda Principle of Healing From Within Work For Coronavirus? Watch Video
According to PCB protocol, Ahmed will remain in isolation until he returns two negative results in 10 days’ time. To avoid the spread of the deadly coronavirus virus during the domestic T20 competition, the Pakistan cricket board has created a bio-secure bubble and made it mandatory for every player to clear multiple rounds of Covid-19 testing. Also Read - UP Records 27,426 Fresh Cases of COVID-19, Death Toll Mounts To 9,583 With 103 More Fatalities
However, last week there had been an instance of bubble breach when Peshawar Zalmi head coach Darren Sammy and captain Wahab Riaz had unknowingly met team owner Javed Afridi. Afridi was not a part of the bubble.
The Peshawar Zalmi duo were quarantined briefly before being reinstated amid alleged threats of a boycott by the franchise – something that the PCB denies.
Islamabad United are at the fourth spot in the PSL 2021 points table with two wins from three matches they have played so far. Peshawar Zalmi tops the tally with three wins out of four games.