PSL 2021: The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Thursday that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 has been delayed “with immediate effect” after seven people in the tournament were found positive for Covid-19.
PCB stated that the decision has been made after consulting the respected authorities and keeping in mind the health and safety protocols.
“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 cricket body said in a press release.
PCR tests, vaccines, and isolation facilities will be provided for the six participating sides. Furthermore, the PCB will now focus on “safe and secure passage” for all involved.
A press conference will be held by PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan and Commercial Director Babar Hamid to answer doubts at 3 P.M.
📢 HBL PSL 6 POSTPONED
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3pm to provide further updates.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 4, 2021
The PCB verified that three players from two different teams had tested positive for the virus and have been made to undergo self-isolation for 10 days.
The players “had been tested in the afternoon after showing symptoms“, according to the statement.
PCB became the first cricket board to provide Covid-19 vaccines
A day earlier, the PCB became the first cricket board to use the vaccine that produced protection against the Covid-19 virus after it chose to offer Sars-Coronavirus Vaccine treatments to all partakers of PSL 6.
The ruling was made in the line with the PCB’s duty of health and safety protocols, to assure all participants of the league remain safe and healthy during the event.
The PCB had later announced the test results of both Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United squads had returned negative.
But, two more abroad cricketers and a local backroom staff member tested positive.