Pakistan Super League PSL 2021: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has informed that an unnamed player has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League PSL 2021, which begins on Saturday (February 20). Notably, the board has permitted the cricket fans and supporters to watch the live-action for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan but with only 20% capacity attendances. The opener of PSL 2021 will be played between defending champions Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium today from 7:30 PM IST onwards.
The two individuals will be quarantined after violating bio-secure protocols and the board now requires two negative tests during the three-day mandatory quarantine period before they can re-enter the bio-secure bubble in a hotel in Karachi.
The PCB stated that another player and an official of a separate team have been placed under three-day quarantine for breaching the bio-secure bubble. Both of them came in contact with a person outside the bubble on Friday (December 19).
"Separately, a player from another franchise team who had shown symptoms and was in isolation has tested positive. He will now remain in quarantine for 10 days and will require two negative tests in order to integrate again with the side in accordance with the applicable re-entry protocols," the PCB said in an official statement.
"The PCB is disappointed that two members of one of the sides showed carelessness and violated the bio-secure bubble protocols by coming into a contract with a person who was not part of the bubble," the PCB said.
"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.
The T20 League will culminate with the final at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 22, the first time the venue will stage the final since June 2017.