The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Saturday that a player from a 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise has tested positive for COVID-19. The opening game of PSL 2021 will be played on Saturday between Karachi Kings and 2019 champion Quetta Gladiators and the unnamed player who tested positive for the coronavirus has been quarantined for 10 days. Separately, a player from another franchise team who had shown symptoms and was in isolation tested positive. It will now remain in quarantine for 10 days and will require two negative tests to reintegrate with the side in accordance with applicable re-entry protocols, ” the PCB said in an official statement.
Furthermore, a player and an official from one of the teams participating in the PSL 2021 have been placed in a three-day quarantine after coming into contact with a person outside the bio-secure bubble on Friday.
The two individuals now require two negative tests during the three-day quarantine period before they can re-enter the bio-safe bubble in accordance with the re-entry protocols.
“The PCB is disappointed that two members of one of the parties were careless and violated the bio-safe bubble protocols by coming into contact with a person who was not part of the bubble,” the PCB said.
As reiterated before, the health and safety of all individuals associated with HBL Pakistan Super League 6 is of the utmost importance to the PCB and the event. Covid-19 protocols as the PCB will not allow anyone to influence the integrity and credibility of the tournament, ”it added.
Earlier this week, the PCB urged the players, player support staff and match officials to religiously follow the bio-safe and PCB’s COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants, as well as the integrity of the event with 34 games.
Following the opening match, 2020 finalists Lahore Qalandars will take on 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi in a daytime match, while two-time winners Islamabad United take on Multan Sultans on Sunday evening.
The 30-day tournament will conclude with the final at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 22, the venue’s first time hosting the final since 2017.
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