Players will join their teams from January 24, at the end of their isolation periods, if they produce two negative test results
With the new PSL season just days away, which kicks off on January 27, three players and five support staff have come back positive for Covid-19 after the latest round of testing and have self-isolated, tournament director Salman Naseer has confirmed. . Players will be allowed to join their teams for training sessions from January 24, when their isolation periods end, if they produce two negative test results.
Members of the six franchises have begun checking into their hotels, after returning negative results from pre-arrival tests, more than 250 of which have been taken since Thursday.
As a precaution, the PCB had started preventive testing of hotel staff and PCB officials from January 14 – hotel staff who tested positive have been released and they remain in action for the time being. home isolation.
“PCB remains committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all participants so they can play and perform to the best of their abilities,” Naseer said in a statement. “In the environment we currently live in, there will be positive cases, but we have strong health and safety plans to ensure the event runs and ends within the January 27-February 27 window. “
The PCB has taken extra precautions, which include provisions to avoid a postponement even if a few players contract Covid-19, with franchises allowing 20 players on their rosters, with an additional pool of reserve players to provide cover in the event of a emergency.
The board has also set out detailed health and safety protocols at venues and has a step-by-step guide for each stage of the tournament.