Pakistan Super League (PSL)-2022: Peshawar Zalmi’s team players Kamran Akmal, Arshad Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Haider Ali and Karachi Kings President-Wasim Akram test positive for Covid-19


  • On January 25th-2022 (Tuesday), four players from Peshawar Zalmi team was test positive for Covid-19.
  • Karachi King’s President Wasim Akram also tested positive for Covid-19.
  • On January 20th, PSL league – three players and five support staff have tested positive for Covid-19.

Pakistan Super League (PSL)-2022:

The Pakistan Super League-2022 is a seventh season of PSL tournament. It is a Twenty20 cricket league which was established by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2015. The Pakistan will be hosting the tournament, which begins on January 27th-2022 and ends on February 27th-2022. Multan Sultans is the defending champions of last season-2021.

PSL-2022 – Teams and Venues:

Six teams will participate in the tournament, which will be played in two venues of Pakistan – Karachi and Lahore.

Team Names:

  • Quetta Gladiators
  • Peshawar Zalmi
  • Lahore Qalandars
  • Karachi Kings
  • Islamabad United
  • Multan Sultans
All the matches of the league will take place in Pakistan. The first 15 matches of the PSL-2022 league will take place in the National Stadium-Karachi and remaining matches including playoffs will take place in the Gaddafi Stadium-Lahore.

PSL-2022- Many players test positive for Covid-19:

On January 25th-2022 (Tuesday), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Peshawar Zalmi’s key players Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, Haider Ali and Arshad Iqbal have tested positive for Covid-19. They are replaced by players from the reserves pool. And also, Karachi King’s President Wasim Akram have tested positive for Covid-19.

Peshawar Zalmi team four player test positive for Covid-19:

On January 21st and 22nd, Kamran Akmal and Arshad Iqbal underwent PCR tests at the time of check-in at the team hotel for PSL-2022 tournament. They tested positive for Covid-19 recently and the number has gone up to four in the same Peshawar Camp.

Other two players are Wahab Riaz – a team captain of Peshawar Zalmi team and Haider Ali. Wahab Riaz’s experience in the format will be missed for the first few matches while Haider Ali is one of the upcoming talents from the country. It is a big blow for Peshawar Zalmi team as its two key players tested positive for the Covid-19 before the start of the mega event.

Peshawar Zalmi will start its campaign on January 28th-2022 with a match against Quetta Gladiators.

Replacement from Reserve Pool:

Peshawar Zalmi issued a statement, Kamran Akmal and Arshad Iqbal are replaced by Imam-ul-Haq and Ammad Butt for the PSL-2022 matches. According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the replacement will be temporary and the replaced players can re-integrate into the squad after completing isolation and receiving negative PCR results.

Imam-ul-Haq was not part of the initial 15 players announced the reserved pool but came in along with Omair Bin Yousuf after Salman Ali Agha and Musadiq Ahmed were unavailable to join the pool. However, the PCB has not announced the reasons for those two player’s unavailability from the reserve pool. But, some sources said that Musadiq Ahmed wasn’t in Pakistan while Salman Ali Agha was unavailable due to medical reasons.

PSL-2022 players to undergo Covid-19 tests continuously:

The players who will be taking part in the PSL-2022 have already gone under quarantine and they will have to return three negative PCR Tests before they get on to the field.

On January 20th, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer said, “As per latest results received, in over 250 tests conducted since Thursday, three players and five support staff members have tested positive and have been isolated,”

Covid-19 Protocols for PSL-2022:

The PCB had developed a new advisory policy for Covid-19 that will allow each PSL team to hold 20 players. They will allow a match to proceed even if up to eight team players test positive out of a squad of 20. The eleventh and twelfth players will provide substitutes for the players who tested positive for COVID-19.

The match will be called off if nine members of the squad test positive for COVID-19. However, in the event of an emergency, it has been advised that 20 to 30 players be kept in the hotel’s “secure bubble” by each team.

If a player tests positive for coronavirus, they will be required to isolate for ten days and a substitute will be taken from the secure bubble. The tournament can go into a pause of 10 days if there is an outbreak of Covid-19 cases and will resume with a lot of doubleheaders.

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