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PSL 2021: Former PCB official reveals he was compelled to resign after COVID-19 fiasco

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The chief of the PCB’s medical workforce, Dr Sohail Saleem. Photograph: File
  • Dr Sohail Saleem had designed the PSL 6 bio-secure bubble.
  • His resignation was accepted by the PCB a month after the event was postponed.
  • “I was made a scapegoat for the mismanagement that took place to save others who were responsible [for the debacle],” says Dr Saleem.

KARACHI: Dr Sohail Saleem, the previous head of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Medical and Sports activities Sciences, has come ahead with claims that he didn’t voluntarily resign however was made to take action. 

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

On March 4, the PCB introduced it was suspending the event after seven coronavirus circumstances have been reported amongst gamers and match officers who have been a part of the bio-secure bubble. The event invited questions and led to criticism of the PCB’s dealing with of the whole 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 quite a bit to inform however he wouldn’t prefer to disclose them, within the bigger “national interest”. 

The physiotherapist questioned whether or not the PCB ever skilled him to take care of 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 have been performed through 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 event was postponed. 

The cricket board shaped a two-member fact-finding committee which offered its options and proposals to the chairman. Nonetheless, the report was by no means made public and no motion has been taken on it as nicely. 

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 resulting from COVID-19

The sixth version of PSL was postponed earlier this week resulting from rising COVID-19 circumstances among the many gamers and officers concerned within the event.

“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.

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