Karachi: Raza Hasan of Northern’s Second XI team has been sent back home after he breached COVID-19 protocols during the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II Tournament).
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Raza had left the bio-secure premises at a local hotel without seeking a prior clearance from the medical team as well as the PCB’s High-Performance department. The decision to send him back means he will no longer be able to take further part in this tournament.
PCB Director High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “It is sad and unfortunate that despite several reminders and educational programmes on the significance and importance of respecting and following Covid-19 protocols, Raza Hasan decided to take matters in his hand and overstepped the line. As such, he has been expelled from the tournament and will not be allowed for the remaining season.
“The PCB has a zero-tolerance approach towards Covid-19 breaches as these are designed to not only ensure health and safety of all participants but to also demonstrate to the world that we can successfully organise and deliver domestic competitions.
“I sincerely hope Raza Hasan will use this time to reflect on his irresponsible actions and the potential damage his breach could have caused to the event in general and Pakistan cricket in particular.”