The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday have confirmed that a player from a franchise participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 has returned positive result for the mandatory COVID-19 test. The development comes ahead of the tournament opener between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators later on Saturday and the player, whose name has not been revealed, has been sent into a quarantine for 10 days.
The Board also confirmed that the player will only be able to rejoin the squad after he returns two negative tests which is in sync with the re-entry protocols applicable to players testing positive for the infection.
PCB disappointed with ones violating Coronavirus protocols
Moreover, a player and an official from one of the teams taking part in the tournament have also been sent in a three-day quarantine as they had come in close contact with a person outside of the bio-secure bubble on Friday. The people in the shorter quarantine also need to return two-negative tests before they can unite again with their team.
"The PCB is disappointed that two members of one of the side showed carelessness and violated the bio-secure bubble protocols by coming into a contact with a person who was not part of the bubble," the PCB was quoted.
"As reiterated previously, the health and safety of all individuals associated with HBL Pakistan Super League 6 is of paramount importance to the PCB and the event. All players, player support personnel, match officials and family members are once again reminded to diligently follow the PCB Covid-19 Protocols as the PCB will not allow anyone to affect the integrity and credibility of the tournament," it added.
Post the season opener, Lahore Qalandars will be up against Peshawar Zalmi in a day-fixture while two-time winners Islamabad United will lock horns with Multan Sultans in the evening on Sunday. The month-long tournament will see its final take place on March 22 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.