PSL 2021: Big setback for Pakistan Super League, 13 players and officials forced back home due to Visa delay

PSL 2021: 13 players forced home after delay in issue of visa; Sarfaraz Ahmed, 11 others to leave for Abu Dhabi tonight after clearance.
PSL 2021: 13 players forced home after delay in issue of visa; Sarfaraz Ahmed, 11 others to leave for Abu Dhabi tonight after clearance.

PSL 2021: 13 players forced home after delay in issue of visa; Sarfaraz Ahmed, 11 others to finally leave for Abu Dhabi- After consulting the HBL PSL 2021 medical panel and taking into consideration that approval has been obtained to fly the remaining 13 players and officials on commercial flights from Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board has made arrangements to move this personnel to their respective homes.

The decision has been made to allow the players and officials to spend time with their families as there can potentially be some more delays in the issuance of the remaining visas. As soon as the visas are processed, the players will undergo the mandatory PCR tests before boarding the first available commercial flight.

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“We regret the inconvenience that has been caused to some players and officials, but these have been due to unforeseen circumstances and unexpected challenges,” said PCB Director – Commercial and HBL PSL 2021 head Babar Hamid

“The PCB is working hand in glove with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Cricket Board, and trying its best to get all participants in Abu Dhabi in time so that we can hold the remaining tournament,” he added.

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PSL 2021: Sarfaraz Ahmed, 11 others to leave for Abu Dhabi

Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and 11 other cricketers and officials who were denied to board commercial flights on Sunday have been cleared to fly. As per a report from Geo TV, they left on Monday at around 4 am.

Earlier, five players and officials had arrived in Abu Dhabi from Karachi on Sunday via Doha.

Last week Multan Sultans star Shahid Afridi and Quetta Gladiators pacer Naseem Shah were ruled out of the Abu Dhabi leg of the Pakistan Super League.

However, PCB took a U-turn and decided to allow him to join his PSL team. He had breached COVID-19 protocols by arriving at the team hotel without an RT-PCR test result.

PSL 2021 was postponed after a number of COVID-19 cases among players and staff in March. As many as 20 remaining matches will be played in UAE in bio-secure bubble amid COVID-19 pandemic.

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