Islamabad United’s leggie Fawad Ahmed tested positive; United-Gladiators match postponed till tomorrow

By our correspondent

KARACHI: The HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021  was on Monday hit by a Covid-related issue when Islamabad United’s Australian leggie Fawad Ahmed was tested positive.
The development forced the organisers to postpone the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators for a day. The match, which was scheduled to begin at 7pm on Monday, will now be held on Tuesday (today) at 7pm.
Earlier after the development the PCB said that the match will start at 9pm instead of 7pm but later it was postponed for a day.
The 39-year old Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-born Australian leg-spinner had shown symptoms a couple of days ago and had been isolated.
“One of our players Fawad Ahmed was tested positive and was immediately put in isolation two days ago,”  the United’s spokesman said.
“All other Islamabad United players and members have tested negative and have been cleared to play,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, the PCB said: “A player from one of the sides featuring in this evening’s match has tested positive. The player had shown symptoms two days ago and had been immediately isolated.”
“Members of his side have tested negative while players of the other side are being tested,” it added.
Fawad Ahmed, who has also represented Gladiators in the earlier HBL PSL seasons, had replaced New Zealand batsman Colin Munro in the Islamabad United squad for this season.
Munro was unavailable for United due to the prevailing Covid-19 related managed isolation space challenges in New Zealand.
Fawad was given chance in the United’s last game against Peshawar Zalmi which the latter won by six wickets on February 27. Fawad had finished with 1-40 in his quota of four overs in that game.
Following the happening all teams are undergoing Covid test, sources said.A PCB source said the tickets aimed for witnessing the game on Monday will be valid for rescheduled Tuesday show.
The source said that fans can also get their tickets refunded if they want to do so. Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars share six points each from three matches each.
Karachi Kings and United have four points each, Multan Sultans have two and Quetta Gladiators are yet to open their account.

According to sources the PCB have decided to conduct random tests after every four day of players, their families and other related people.