Peshawar batsman Zalmi Haider Ali and fast bowling Umaid Asif will miss the Pakistani Super League final against Sultans Multan on Thursday after being eliminated over a burst of the biosafety bubble in Abu Dhabi
The Pakistani Cricket Council announced that the incident took place on Wednesday and the decision to temporarily remove the two players was made by the COVID-19 tournament control panel hours before the final.
Ali’s suspension also forced the PCB to withdraw the batsman from the middle row of tours in England and the West Indies.
“They admitted that they were accused of violating health and safety protocols by meeting people outside their defined biosafety bubble and failing to maintain the prescribed social distance,” the PCB said in a statement.
Both cricketers did not interact with another team member at any time after the incident and were placed in isolation.
Multan midfielder Sohaib Maksud replaces Ali on the England and West Indies tour team after head coach Mohammad Wassim consulted both head coach Misbach-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam.
Maqsood is in fruitful form in the PSL, scoring 363 runs in 11 games at an average of 40.33 and a healthy hit rate of 153.
Maqsood has played 26 ODIs and 20 Twenty20s for Pakistan, but has not played an international game since his last Twenty20 against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2016.