Shahid Afridi & Nadeem Omar hold PCB responsible for PSL 6's pause


Former captain Shahid Afridi criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board for postponing PSL 6 due to the COVID-19 fear among the franchises. According to him, the postponement proved that PCB didn't have a plan B to fall back upon.

Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed with immediate effect after detecting seven positive cases for COVID-19. Six out of seven cases were players while one was a support staff member.

"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 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement

The PCB said it "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."

Afridi spoke on this at a function in Lahore on Wednesday, "The PSL is a very big brand of Pakistan and Pakistan cricket and, unfortunately, the PCB didn't appear to have a plan B for this important event," he said.

"But it appears they didn't have a plan B when the COVID-19 cases were detected among some players and officials and this is surprising to me. The postponement didn't send out a good message," Afridi added.

Nadeem Omar, the owner of Quetta Gladiators franchise, also felt that the PCB was responsible for the failure in maintaining the bio-bubble created for the Karachi event.

"I think the PCB is 90 percent responsible for the faults in the bio-secure bubble created for the tournament which eventually led to the postponement of the PSL," he said.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani admitted that the communication gap between the board and the six PSL franchises is one of the reasons for the bio-bubble's failure.