In a major blow to Peshawar Zalmi before the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final against Multan Sultans, batsman Haider Ali and pacer Umaid Asif have been suspended from the tournament for breaching the bio-secure bubble in Abu Dhabi.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the incident occurred on Wednesday and the decision to suspend both players was made by the tournament’s COVID-19 management panel.
Ali’s suspension also forced the PCB to withdraw him from the upcoming England and West Indies tours.
“They 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 PCB said in a statement.
Multan’s middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood has been named as a replacement for Ali in the Pakistan’s squad for the England and West Indies tours.
Maqsood has been in outstanding form in the PSL as he has amassed 363 runs feom 11 matches, averaging 40.33 with a terrific strike rate of 153.