LAHORE: Quetta Gladiators have partially replaced Shahid Afridi, who is unavailable for the initial matches due to Covid-19, with left-arm orthodox Hassan Khan.
Hassan Khan is one of the 15 reserve players in the Managed Event Environment and, as such, will not be required to undergo 72-hour isolation to join Gladiators squad.
The partial replacement has been approved by Event Technical Committee, which is headed by Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket Operations), and includes Nadeem Khan (Director – High Performance) and Sameer Khosa.
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