Tonight’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators has been rescheduled for Tuesday after Pakistani-Australian cricketer Fawad Ahmed tested positive for COVID-19.
Ahmed’s positive test was confirmed on Twitter by his franchise Islamabad United.
The PCB said the teammates of the positive player have been re-tested and their results have come out negative.
According to PCB protocol, Ahmed will remain in isolation until he returns two negative results in 10 days’ time.
Tonight’s match was originally scheduled to take place at 7pm. It was first rescheduled for 9pm but has since been called off entirely and will now take place tomorrow.
One of our players, Fawad Ahmed tested positive for Covid and was immediately put in isolation 2 days ago. All other Islamabad United players & members have tested negative & have been cleared to play.
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) March 1, 2021
To avoid the outbreak of virus during PSL 2021, the Pakistan Cricket Board had created a bio-secure bubble and made it mandatory for every participating player to clear multiple rounds of Covid-19 testing.
However, there had been an instance of bubble breach last week when Peshawar Zalmi head coach Darren Sammy and captain Wahab Riaz had unknowingly met team owner Javed Afridi, who was not a part of the bubble.
The duo were quarantined briefly before being reinstated amid alleged threats of boycott by the franchise – something that the PCB denies.