KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has raised concerns over the increased number of coronavirus infections of the Omicron variety ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the seventh season, which is expected to begin on January 27.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad, 75 confirmed instances of the Omicron strain have been recorded in Pakistan, with 33 cases reported in Karachi, where the first case was reported on December 13th, and 13 cases reported in Lahore.
The PSL’s bio-security has become the body’s greatest challenge.
To keep players and officials out of the Omicron, PCB officials have recruited the services of a foreign company for bio-security arraignments. The firm will be granted entire authority over the SOPs’ implementation.
The PCB has ruled that players who break the SOPs will face severe consequences. The PCB has already declared that it will book an entire hotel for the league’s participants.
The hotel will be divided into zones for the players and officials, with no unrelated individuals permitted to enter the zones.
It is recommended that hotel workers be included in the bio-secure bubble. They will not be permitted to leave the premises during the event.
According to the sources, a proposal to keep foreign cricketers in quarantine for longer periods of time is also being considered. The stadium will be open to supporters at full capacity to witness the PSL 7 matches, but the final decision will be made following consultation with the NCOC.
According to a franchise official, no backup plan has been developed in case the PSL is canceled in Pakistan for any reason.
It’s worth noting that PSL-6 was halted in the middle of the season because of COVID-19 in Karachi in March, and the remaining PSL matches were held in Abu Dhabi. PSL-5 had previously been postponed due to COVID-19.