10 people including Quetta Gladiator captain Sarfraz Ahmed were prevented from leaving for Abu Dhabi while Muhammad Hasnain and 5 others left on a commercial flight.
According to CricKhiladi, before the departure of Abu Dhabi last night, the concerned officials of the PCB had assured Sarfraz Ahmed and others that the travel documents would be completed. Later, five people, including young bowler Mohammad Hasnain, were allowed to board the flight to Doha, but Sarfraz Ahmed was turned away.
All 10 people who arrived at Lahore airport with the intention of departure to UAE for PSL 6 matches were also disappointed and could not travel, sources said. However, knowing the delicacy of the matter, the owner of the franchise, Nadeem Omar, expressed regret over the situation but decided to refrain from protesting to save the country and the nation from disgrace.
According to sources, the franchise refrained from avoiding any protest for the sake of the country’s honor and dignity but termed the incident as incompetent of the PCB officials. Cricket circles also blamed the PCB officials for their persistent shortcomings. Cricket circles have demanded that those responsible be identified and action be taken against them.
On the other hand, the PCB has again approached the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and is considering alternative options for the early departure of Sarfraz and 10 others to the UAE.