Pakistan Cricket Board medical chief Dr Sohail Saleem claimed the PCB forced him to resign after a breach in the bio-bubble led to the postponement of the Pakistani Super League in March, even though he was not responsible for the fiasco.
Saleem, who headed PCB’s medical and sports sciences department, was the only one to resign following the bio-bubble breach that forced the postponement of PSL-6 to Karachi.
“I did not resign myself. The truth is, shortly after the postponement, PCB CEO Wasim Khan told me to resign. I knew I had no choice because if I didn’t I would be sacked, ”Saleem told Geo News.
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The PCB had to abruptly postpone PSL-6 after several players including outsiders Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton, Lewis Gregory and some local actors and officials contracted the virus despite remaining in a bio-secure bubble.
Saleem said that while he designed the master plan for the PSL-6 bio-secure bubble, he was never responsible for its oversight and execution.
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“I just gave them the plan. It was up to the PCB to make it work. If it was about shortcomings, it is their responsibility and not mine, ”said Saleem.
He said he felt hurt the way he was forced to resign by the Council after serving for 22 years.
“I had raised objections to certain franchises doing commercial filming in the hotel and also on other matters, but no one listened to me. Yet today I am blamed for the violations, ”he said.
He noted that the PCB was now prepared to pay a huge sum to a foreign company to design and manage the bio-secure bubble for the remaining PSL-6 matches in June.
Saleem also claimed that despite his appeals, the PCB refused to share the findings of the two-member investigative committee formed to probe the breach of the biosafety bubble.