PSL 7: Peshawar Zalmi's Kamran Akmal, Arshad Iqbal test positive for COVID-19

Kamran Akmal and Arshad Iqbal are replaced by Imam ul Haq and Ammad Butt for the PSL matches

January 24, 2022
Kamran Akmal (L) and Arshad Iqbal (R) — File Photo

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that Peshawar Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal and Arshad Iqbal have tested positive for COVID19 and are replaced by players from reserves pool.

Both the players underwent PCR tests at the time of check in at team hotel for PSL on 21st and 22nd January respectively.

They are replaced by Imam ul Haq and Ammad Butt for the PSL matches.

The replacement, according to PCB, will be temporary and the replaced players can re-integrate into the squad after completing isolation and receiving negative PCR results.

Imam ul Haq was not part of initial 15 players announced for the reserved pool but came in along with Omair Bin Yousuf after Salman Ali Agha and Musadiq Ahmed were unavailable to join the pool.

While the PCB has not announced the reasons for these two players’ unavailability from reserves pool, the sources say that Musadiq wasn’t in Pakistan while Salman was unavailable due to medical reasons.

The PCB has further added that each side will be allowed a maximum of 20 players at any given time and the player replaced will be allowed to rejoin the side but will require the event technical committee’s approval.

The 7th edition of PSL starts on January 27th while Peshawar Zalmi will start its campaign on 28th with match against Quetta Gladiators.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.