Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday that their cricketers and support staff have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. The first phase of the vaccination drive saw 57 male cricketers, along with 26 coaches and officials, get the jabs. Most of the country’s national cricketers are currently in Zimbabwe, participating in the two-Test series.
Pakistan Cricket Board revealed in a statement that the vaccination drive commenced with eight Test team cricketers receiving their second dose in Harare. The next phase would see domestic men cricketers, national women cricketers, age-group cricketers and support staff of the domestic, national women and age-group teams getting vaccinated.
PCB chief operating officer Salman Naseer revealed that they requested the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) for vaccines during the sixth season of PSL, with the vaccination drive beginning in Karachi and they prioritized getting the players and support staff indulged in the competition vaccinated.
“We requested the NCOC for vaccines during the HBL Pakistan Super League 6. The vaccination drive started in Karachi and our first priority was to get the players and support staff involved in the tournament vaccinated,” Naseer said as quoted by India Today.
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Salman Naseer further claimed that after the initial round of vaccination in Karachi, they focussed on getting those players jabbed who were not involved in PSL 6 and before the African sojourn. Nasser commented that the PCB entirely backs the government’s vaccination drive and wants people to take the doses to ensure their safety and their family’s.
“After the initial round of vaccination in Karachi, we focused on getting the remaining members of the men’s squad, who were not involved in the PSL 6, vaccinated before the tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe. The PCB is fully behind the government’s vaccination drive and once again urges people across Pakistan to get vaccinated in order to ensure the health and safety of their own selves and their families,” he added.