A player from Islamabad United squad has tried positive for Covid in front of the conflict with Quetta Gladiators, sources said Monday.
As per sources, the match, booked to start at 7pm, has been postponed by 60 minutes. Following the turn of events, the two groups’ players will be tried for the infection.
Here why the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators got postponed to March 2
COVID-19 is still around, it may not be spreading at the rapid pace it once was, but make no mistake, it is still in the air. What better example of this could be than that of a player turning out positive in the PSL 2021 just before the match was about to start. The match between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United has been postponed because a player Islamabad United’s squad tested positive for the COVID-19.
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It was during a routine COVID-19 testing, that an Islamabad United player returned a positive result which meant that he has been infected by the virus. Following the revelation, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to hold players back at the hotel until further notice. Islamabad United later revealed that it was Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed who had tested positive for COVID-19. They also said that the Fawad had been put in an isolation facility two days ago and is getting the necessary treatment.
In regards with policy, PCB made it abundantly clear that if a player or official tests positive, they will need to shift him to an isolation facility within the bio-secure bubble at the hotel. This was all mentioned in the contracts that these players had to sign. As per recent reports, all other players and officials in the two squads have returned with negative tests and are safe to take part in the tournament which is a big relief. In contrast, PCB has decided that the match will take place at a new date scheduled for 2nd March however, the start time has been pushed ahead by two hours. The match was then rescheduled to March 2nd . In the end, Islamabad United came out on top even though they lost one of their strike bowlers to the virus. Quetta’s run of bad form continues as they have now lost 4 matches on the trot and find themselves in a very difficult spot in this year’s PSL tournament.