The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the matches in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) season will go ahead if a franchise has 13 COVID-19 negative players in the squad, despite positive players in the team.
Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has signed an agreement with the franchises of the Pakistan Super League(PSL) in a meeting held on January 10th. The tournament could possibly witness a Covid-19 outbreak in the middle, and hence, the plans for the worst situation have been put forward already.
Also, the franchises have agreed to take the field if they have 13 players who have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. It has to be noted that the players have to undergo three-day quarantine and will have to clear the PCR test before taking part in the PSL 2022 edition.
Apart from this, the agreement also mentioned that a pool of 25 players, who were not picked in the PSL draft or as replacements be formed and the players will remain in bio-bubble. These players will be available for the franchises to pick and complete their quota of 13 players if needed.
The PSL Can Be Halted For 7 Days Due To COVID
A PCB spokesperson told sources of the Dawn newspaper that the board is aiming to complete the PSL 2022 edition within its allotted time period. However, if the need arises, the league can be halted for 7 days in case of a Covid-19 severe outbreak but will resume with a lot of doubleheaders in order to complete within the time. The PSL is scheduled to start on January 27 and will end by February 27th.
The reason behind the tight schedule of the PSL 2022 is the packed home season for the Pakistan team. The PCB is expected to host Australia, England, and New Zealand, who all have agreed to tour the country after decades for bilateral series which is a huge boost for cricket in Pakistan.
However, the PSL 2022 will be without the participants from the rainbow nation, as Cricket South Africa(CSA) has refused to give NOCs to players for the PSL, as they want them to concentrate on their domestic leagues and the international fixtures rather than taking part in PSL.