KARACHI: 3 days after the shambolic post ponement of the HBL Pakistan Super Organization (PSL)’s sixth version following 7 Covid-19 favorable instances appearing, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday announced a two-member independent fact-finding panel, including leading medical specialists to examine the reasons behind the bio-secure bubble breaches.
The panel– that includes contagious disease experts Dr Syed Faisal Mahmood of Aga Khan Teaching Hospital in Karachi as well as Dr Salma Muhammad Abbas from the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Cells Healthcare Facility and also Study Centre in Lahore– is being tasked to submit its searchings for and recommendations directly to the PCB chairman Ehsan Peanut by end of March.
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According to a PCB media release the panel will certainly evaluate the bio-secure procedures as well as the bylaws that were put in place throughout the franchise-based Twenty20 competition before it was suddenly halted following completion of the 14 of the 20 preliminary-round components at the National Stadium in Karachi.
While the destiny of rest of the competitors– with an additional 16 matches still to be played at the league phase plus the playoffs– currently hangs in the balance as PCB attempts to find a home window in either June or September in between national side’s gruelling worldwide dedications, the PSL 6 farce has actually currently thrown up its first casualty on Saturday when Dr Sohail Saleem, head of cricket board’s medical department, decided to step down.
Dr Sohail headed the clinical team which was supervising the standard procedure placed in put area to manage the Covid-19 pandemic during the bio-secure bubble. Yet in spite of rigorous procedures, six players– Islamabad United quartet of Fawad Ahmed (the very first favorable instance), Lewis Gregory, Hasan Ali as well as Hussain Talat, Tom Banton of Quetta Gladiators and also Lahore Qalandars’ Tom Abell– a backroom employee (Karachi Kings’ fielding coach Kamran Khan) reported favorable with signs and symptoms of the virus and all of them were put in quarantine following their outcomes of PCR tests.
PCB president Wasim Khan claimed during Thursday’s media meeting at the National Arena that whenever the PSL 6 resumes, it would certainly be held under a bio-secure bubble that would be outsourced to prevent possibilities of further discomfiture for Pakistan cricket.
Dr Faisal and Dr Salma has been assigned to carry-out an all natural as well as in-depth testimonial of the Covid-19 SOPs for the HBL PSL 6, determine any type of voids and encourage regarding the reasons why the bio-secure setting did not stay Covid-free during the opening up two weeks of the occasion.
“The PCB takes the health and safety of its players, player support employees and match officials seriously. We have actually demonstrated our task of treatment in the [residence] global series versus Zimbabwe as well as South Africa, as well as throughout the 9 residential occasions in which we successfully organized 220 matches in Multan, Rawalpindi as well as Karachi,” Mani said in the PCB news releases. “The independent panel of two distinguished specialists has actually been selected with the single purpose of an honest, positive and also unbiased evaluation.
“The panel will certainly talk with all the appropriate stakeholders, including the occasion as well as hotel personnel, clinical and also conformity officers, team players as well as administrations, to ensure that we can get a much better understanding exactly how the situations occurred. The independent panel will make such suggestions as it considers appropriate,” Mani included.