Quetta Gladiators’ skipper didn’t get clearance to travel to Abu Dhabi
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in a tight spot after it faced another setback ahead of the remaining HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Abu Dhabi.
Late last night, PCB had stated that 16 members, from hotels in Karachi and Lahore, will be travelling to Abu Dhabi, via Doha, in a commercial flight during the wee hours of Sunday morning.
However, in the morning, it was revealed that only five individuals from Karachi, which included Quetta Gladiators’ pacer Mohammad Hasnain, were able to board the flight.
Quetta’s skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is in Karachi, and 10 other members of the contingent, all from Lahore, didn’t get clearance for travelling and had to return back to their hotels.
PCB has sought clearance from Abu Dhabi Sports Council for the remaining members, as soon as possible, although sources have revealed that the board is also looking to arrange a chartered flight for them.
PCB has to finish the event by June 20, as the national side has to travel for England tour, but the schedule for the event is yet to be released. Considering the delays, teams are likely to play numerous double-headers, in the extreme weather conditions of Abu Dhabi, to make up for lost time.
Sarfaraz, Omar upset
Sources have revealed that Sarfaraz was upset after being left stranded on the airport, today. He also conveyed his disappointment to the PCB officials over the matter.
Meanwhile, Quetta’s owner Nadeem Omar admitted that this incident showed incompetence of PCB but refrained from staging a major protest inorder to avoid bringing the league into disrepute.