Quetta Gladiators star all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), team manager Azam Khan confirmed.
Afridi will return after completing seven days quarantine and a negative COVId-19 test. The 46-year-old will quarantine at home following the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) protocols.
Earlier, Afridi pulled out of the bio-secure bubble because of personal reasons.
Upon arrival, Afridi returned a positive COVID-19 test.
"Went to hospital with team management's permission"
Afridi had said that he went to the hospital with the permission of team management.
The all-rounder had asked the franchise management to excuse him from the bio-secure bubble due to personal and health issues, sources informed Geo News.
The sources familiar with the matter told the media outlet that Afridi has told the management that he is suffering from back pain and that a relative of his wife has passed away.
It should be noted that this year's PSL, set to begin today at National Stadium, Karachi, will be Afridi's last event.