All preparations are underway for the Pakistan Super League which begins on 27th January. The Pakistan Cricket Board went on to immediately call back all the players who were featuring for the ongoing Big Bash League tournament into the PSL bio-bubble. Much before the tournament started, the board also announced strict quarantine rules and regulations to be followed so as to curb the spread of COVID-19 which has already caused major havoc in the world of sports.
In the latest development, three foreign players, James Faulkner, Shimron Hetmyer and Luke Wood have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their departure for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022. All three players will miss the first match for Quetta Gladiators in the seventh edition of the tournament against Peshawar Zalmi on January 28. The trio tested positive before reaching Pakistan and their arrival has been delayed as they have been placed in quarantine.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed only 25 per cent of spectators for the Pakistan Super League matches in Karachi. PCB Chief Operating Officer and PSL Tournament Director Salman Naseer said that he is expecting to see at least 15 per cent of fans for the PSL games in Karachi.
“As a responsible organisation, we completely understand our obligations in relation to the health and safety of the fans and will leave no stone unturned in strictly implementing the NCOC guidelines. However, we will also require complete and unconditional support from the spectators so that they and others can continue to enjoy the matches in a safe and secure environment. This is something they can do by simply following the guidelines”.