Shahid Afridi, the legendary all-rounder, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the opening three games of the Pakistan Super League’s seventh edition (PSL). Before being reintegrated into the bio-secure bubble, Afridi, who was one of Quetta’s star signings before the PSL 2022 draught, will spend the required length of time in quarantine at home.
Afridi will be isolated for at least seven days before being permitted to rejoin his team after a negative COVID-19 test. Afridi had lately left the bio-safety cocoon to seek treatment for chronic back pain. He was allowed to return to the hotel, but only after completing a mandated three-day quarantine period in the bio-secure bubble.
The experienced all-rounder had been expected to miss Quetta’s first two matches in the league, but the recent incident has cast doubt on his participation in the first phase. Afridi had stated that this will be his final year in the PSL before retiring from all forms of cricket.
Quetta will kick off their campaign against Peshawar Zalmi at National Stadium Karachi on January 28. They will play Lahore Qalandars in their final group game in Karachi on 7 February before heading to Lahore for the second phase of the competition.