PCB reluctant to share fact-finding report with franchises - report

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly refused to share the fact-finding report regarding PSL 6 postponement with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises. 

PCB reluctant to share fact-finding report with franchises - report

The sixth edition of the PSL was indefinitely postponed on March 4 after a range of players and officials tested positive for Covid-19. After the postponement, the PCB had appointed Dr Syed Faisal Mahmood and Dr Salma Muhammad Abbas as independent members of the two-person fact-finding panel.

The two distinguished infectious disease experts were commanded to carry out a detailed review of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and identify any loopholes and advise as to the reasons why the bubble set up by PCB did remain Covid-free.

The final report was recently submitted to the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani but so far, it hasn't been shared with the PSL franchises.

Some of the prominent sources have claimed that PCB is concerned about the report being leaked to the media. That is why they have invited the PSL franchises to come to the PCB headquarters and check out the report. Some sources also claimed that the PSL franchises are not happy with this move by the PCB.

“We have come to know that franchises have been blamed in the report for the postponement of PSL. However, PCB is to blame for whatever happened,” a franchise official said.

So far, none of the franchise owners have visited the PCB headquarters to read the report yet. However, there are reports of one managerial-level employee of a franchise who made a trip to the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

“We have informed all the franchises that they can come to Gaddafi Stadium to view the report. Those who have not seen the report as of yet, the doors of Gaddafi Stadium are open for them,” PCB’s Director Media Samiul Hasan Burney said.