The Pakistan Super League broadcast production crew members from India may be mandatorily quarantined in they stay back for the coverage of the semi-finals and final.
The Ministry of Health is reportedly extending its compulsory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days for the passengers coming in from or via the UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. The directive, according to daily Khaleej Times, shall come into effect on Monday, March 18.
To avoid the compulsory quarantine, the Indians working on the PSL broadcast and television production duties will have to leave Pakistan tomorrow (Tuesday). Since, there are no direct flights between India and Pakistan, the majority of Indians working for the PSL charter via Dubai. Hence, they face the threat of mandatory quarantined if they don’t arrive by Wednesday.
The PSL semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday and the final will be played on Wednesday. There remains little possibility that the crew members will be back home before the Wednesday deadline.
A majority of the PSL television crew is from India as the production mandate lies with a consortium of two Indian companies.
The Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul, has confirmed reports of the new travel restrictions from the UAE to India, and said, “All passengers from the UAE, including transit passengers, going to India will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. I expect there could be a rush of travelers until the quarantine is imposed on March 18.”
So far 124 Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in India.