PSL 2021: Ex-PCB medical chief says he was made scapegoat for coronavirus fiasco

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Dr Sohail Saleem, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) former head of  Medical and Sports Sciences, has stated he was compelled to resign and made a scapegoat after the match was postponed when a number of gamers and match officers contracted coronavirus. 

In an interview with Jang, the veteran physician, who designed the bio-secure bubble for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 version, stated PCB CEO Waseem Khan requested him to resign after a number of gamers and match officers examined constructive for the virus and the match was subsequently postponed.

On March 4, the PCB introduced it was suspending the match after seven coronavirus instances had been reported amongst gamers and match officers who had been a part of the bio-secure bubble. The growth invited questions and led to criticism of the PCB’s dealing with of all the affair.

“Without a second’s hesitation, I tendered my resignation. However, in my personal opinion, I was made a scapegoat for the mismanagement that took place to save others who were responsible [for the debacle],” claimed Dr Saleem.

Dr Saleem stated he additionally had so much to inform however he wouldn’t prefer to disclose them, within the bigger “national interest”.

The physiotherapist questioned whether or not the PCB ever educated him to cope with the coronavirus state of affairs. He additionally identified that the board has nonetheless not shared with him the two-member fact-finding committee’s report on the PSL controversy.

“At least I should have been told what my negligence was,” he stated. The physician, nevertheless, added he was not ashamed that he had parted methods with the PCB.

Dr Saleem stated he was an integral half within the workforce that organised two worldwide collection involving Pakistan and had additionally efficiently ensured that two home seasons had been performed in the course of the pandemic.

“I worked day and night for 365 days and this is the treatment I received,” he stated disappointingly.

The PCB had revealed in April that it had accepted Dr Saleem’s resignation, which he had tendered in March after the match was postponed.

The cricket board shaped a two-member fact-finding committee which introduced its strategies and suggestions to the chairman. However, the report was by no means made public and no motion has been taken on it as effectively.

Dr Saleem stated he was damage on the remedy meted out to him, including that he may have chosen to work overseas however he determined to forego that choice and work for his nation.

PSL 2021 postponed as a result of COVID-19

The sixth version of PSL was postponed earlier this week as a result of rising COVID-19 instances among the many gamers and officers concerned within the match.

“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 Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect,” read the PCB statement.

It said that the decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on February 20.

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan held a media conference at the National Stadium to discuss the tournament’s postponement.

He said that they had to put PSL on hold as they were not “effectively” in a position to implement the usual working procedures required for a bio safe bubble.