PCB’s medical head resigns after PSL 2021 postponed over COVID-19 outbreak

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LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board’s Medical and Sports Sciences head Dr Sohail Saleem on Saturday stepped down as he was under criticism following the postponement of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 after players contracted COVID-19 due to loopholes in bissecure bubble.

Dr Sohail Saleem has sent his resignation to PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani while a decision to approve his resignation will be taken by the Mani and chief executive Wasim Khan next week.

The PCB spokesperson said Dr Saleem will serve a month-long notice period if his resignation is approved by the board.

Reports said that the cricket board will announce to launch an inquiry about postponement of the country’s mega event that started on February 20.

On Thursday, Pakistan postponed the PSL 6 due to rising COVID-19 cases among the players and officials involved in the tournament.

PCB in a statement said, following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect. “The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on 20 February, ” Pakistan’s cricketing body said.

The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants, and arrange repeat PCR tests, vaccines, and isolation facilities to the six participating sides, ” the statement added.