Pakistan has dropped Haider Ali from its tour of England and West Indies after the batsman and his Peshawar Zalmi teammate Umaid Asif broke COVID-19 protocols in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Abu Dhabi, the cricket board said on Thursday.

Both have been suspended from the PSL final against Multan Sultans later on Thursday after admitting to meeting people from outside their designated bio-secure bubble and flouting social distancing norms on Wednesday.

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“The two cricketers were found not to have interacted with any other squad members at any time after the incident and have been placed in room isolation,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

Sohaib Maqsood, who last played for Pakistan in a T20 match in New Zealand more than five years ago, will replace Haider in the squad.

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