Just after the announcement of a two-member independent panel to find loopholes in the bio-secure bubble of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six, it has been revealed that Islamabad United’s Fawad Ahmed was not the first to test COVID-19 positive.
Distinguished infectious disease experts Dr. Syed Faisal Mahmood and Dr. Salma Muhammad Abbas have been appointed as independent members.
According to reports, Multan Sultans’ integrity officer was the first individual to test COVID-19 positive. The official didn’t undergo a mandatory isolation period and was allowed to travel home.
The integrity officer was also part of Sultans’ dugout and Fawad Ahmed fell victim to COVID-19 days after the Integrity Officer’s test came out positive.
Note, Fawad was tested positive on March 1 which led to the postponement of Quetta Gladiators-Islamabad United’s clash. Three more participants part of the event were tested positive the following day after all the teams underwent PCR test.
On March 4, three more members from two different franchises came out COVID-19 positive, resulting in the postponement of the PSL 6.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a two-person fact-finding panel that will review the bio-secure protocols as well as the bylaws that were put in place during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
The independent panel will carry out a holistic and detailed review of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for the PSL season six. They have been tasked to identify any gaps and advise as to the reasons why the bio-secure environment did not remain Covid-free.
“The independent panel will submit its findings and recommendations to PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani by 31 March,” PCB said in its press release.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani: “The PCB takes the health and safety of its players, player support personnel and match officials seriously. We have demonstrated our duty of care in the international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as during the nine domestic events in which we successfully staged 220 matches. This included the 34-match National T20 Cup in Multan and Rawalpindi as well as the first and second elevens Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the Pakistan Cup in Karachi.
“The independent panel of two distinguished experts has been appointed with the sole purpose of an honest, constructive and objective review.
“The independent panel will speak with all the relevant stakeholders, including the event and hotel staff, medical and compliance officers, team players and managements, so that we can get a better understanding how the cases occurred.
“The independent panel will make such recommendations as it considers appropriate.”