Rising Covid-19 cases PCB mulls strategy for PSL 2022

Rising Covid-19 cases PCB mulls strategy for PSL 2022
Rising Covid-19 cases PCB mulls strategy for PSL 2022
Rising Covid-19 cases PCB mulls strategy for PSL 2022

The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is due to begin in less than three weeks and the preparations are begun.

The competition will get off on January 27 at the National Stadium in Karachi, with the final taking place on February 27 in Lahore.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is, however, dealing with an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

Covid-19 instances have grown more than fivefold in the previous week, especially after the introduction of the Omicron form, which was originally found in South Africa late last year, raising alarms across the country.

The National Command Operation Center (NCOC) originally authorized 100% spectators for all of the competition’s matches, but this is likely to change.

According to the NCOC’s initial recommendations, anyone who has been vaccinated is eligible to attend the stadium. However, according to certain media reports, as the number of incidents rises, the matches will either be limited to a few spectators or played behind closed doors.

Following BBL model

Furthermore, several media outlets have reported that the PCB is in the midst of implementing identical protocols to those used in the Big Bash League (BBL).

Four Pakistani players — Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, and Fakhar Zaman — are competing in Australia’s main T20 tournament, which has been seriously hit by Covid-19 outbreaks, in which players from a number of teams have tested positive with the infection.

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Despite this, the administration has managed to keep the competition continuing by forming a pool of 30 players who will be allowed to represent multiple teams in the event of a coronavirus epidemic.

According to various media sources, the PCB is also interested in implementing a similar scheme, in which any team with at least 12 players who have tested negative for coronavirus will be permitted to play.

The franchises have also petitioned the PCB to allow additional players to be signed in the mini-draft, according to reports.

The PCB official refused to confirm or refute those developments when asked by Bol News.

PSL history with coronavirus

The PSL was the first cricketing mega-event to be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Its fifth season, which was scheduled to begin in 2020, was postponed just before the playoffs as many nations began to close their borders.

The competition was eventually finished in November, with Karachi Kings defeating Lahore Qalandars in front of a sold-out National Stadium to claim the title.

The coronavirus epidemic disrupted the 2021 edition of Pakistan’s major T20 competition, which was halted after several players and staff members tested positive for the virus.

After defeating Peshawar Zalmi in the final, the campaign was concluded in Abu Dhabi in June, with Multan Sultans emerging as winners for the first time. The organization of a successful PSL 2022 would be the first major hurdle for new chairman Ramiz Raja and his team going ahead.

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