The Pakistan Super League has been suspended abruptly and indefinitely after six players and a local staff were reported positive for Covid-19.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed the unwarranted development.
“Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect. The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on 20 February,” the PCB has stated in a Press release.
The PCB will now arrange for repeat PCR tests, vaccines, and isolation facilities for the six franchises to ensure a “safe and secure passage” for the participants.
The aggravated Covid-19 concerns come a day after the PCB had decided to offer Sars-coronavirus vaccine doses to all participants of PSL 6. This would be a first for any cricket board.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, according to a senior source, is also considering Covid-19 vaccination shots for all the players and professionals involved with the upcoming Indian Premier League.
Islamabad United’s Fawad Ahmed was the first PSL player to test positive. United’s were to play Quetta Gladiators on March 1. The game was postponed after Fawad’s positive report..
No other coronavirus cases were found in the two teams.
However, two more overseas cricketers and a local backroom staff member were found infected with the virus a day later.
With three more players from two teams being reported Covid-19 positive on Thursday, the total number of the infections has gone up to seven. None of the positive players were members of the teams which played the double header on Wednesday.