Shoaib Akhtar has lambasted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the postponement of the Pakistan Super League’s sixth edition(PSL 6) after players tested positive for COVID-19 in the bio-secure bubble.
The Rawalpindi Express uploaded a video on his YouTub channel and said,
“It is time for blame-game. You have to admit that this is the responsibility of the medical panel. The bio-secure bubble should have been properly maintained. There should be strict inquiry against the medical panel…it should not be spared.”
He further added,
“The medical panel should be punished and I request the higher authorities [for this] because they played with the lives of the people. All the blame has been put on Wasim Khan and he has been asked to face everything. But who brought Wasim Khan? Ehsan Mani.”
Shoaib Akhtar slammed PCB’s chairman Ehsan Mani and said,
“Where is Mani Sahab? Is it the responsibility of Wasim Khan to answer here? Ehsan Mani should give an answer.”
The fast bowler urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to look into the matter to take strict action against those responsible for the mess.
“Aren’t you [PCB] that smart to book an entire hotel. People are getting married there, getting haircuts. Daren Sammy getting out. I fail to understand, why would you [Javed Afridi] breach the bio-secure bubble. I am asking the same question from Wahab Riaz,” said the speedster.
“You [PCB] played with the lives of the people and at the same time, you played with the reputation of the country… Where is the Chairman of PCB, he has to be answerable. I request the higher authorities and the honorable courts to take a very good look into this matter… Where is Mani? Come to the front and answer.”
“This is an insult to Pakistan and Pakistan cricket,” concluded Akhtar.
It should be mentioned here that the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Thursday (4th March) the postponement of PSL 6 with immediate effect after seven participants in the tournament-tested positive for Covid-19.
“Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect. The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on 20 February,” the cricket body said in a press release.