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Emergence of Omicron & Rise in CoVID Cases, and Future of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022

PSL 2022 & COVID

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is confident of holding the Biggest Cricket Festival of Pakistan in the month of January, but the recent hike in COVID cases in the country is creating trouble for PCB to conduct a smooth PSL Season this year. COVID-19 has already affected the PSL’s Schedule and Venues. According to an official statement by PCB last year (2021), the PSL matches will held all across the country in the stadiums of Peshawer, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Quetta. But, CoVID-19 badly disturbed the PCB’s Plans to conduct matches at Different Venues. COVID already affected the PSL 6 season, which will probably impact this season. Following measures and suggestion are under review!

What is PCB thinking now for PSL 2022?

As per News Sources, Pakistan Cricket Board is now in contact with Governmental Bodies to assist PCB, PSL Management and Franchises to conduct matches of the Pakistan Super League without any hassle & issues. The first thing which is under review is to shift all matches to one venue, either Lahore or Karachi, to avoid transportation and logistic issues. Second suggestion is that there should be one Five Star Hotel for all teams. Third suggestion is to not allow spectators in the Stadium. PCB & PSL Management is in hot water to conduct the Cricket Festival smoothly. They are taking assistance from Pakistan & Provincial Government so that the tournament of PSL is held smoothly, which is widely held watched in different countries across the Globe. 

Summary of PCB’s Decisions for PSL 2022 concerning COVID

Following is the List of Points PCB & Franchise took earlier in December 2021 for the safety of Local & International Players, Umpires and relevant staff during the PSL 7

  • There will be a Three-Day Quarantine for all concerning Player & Staff. After Quarantine, COVID Tests will be conducted. If in case, someone is found infected, he will be isolated for ten days. Quarantine will stat w.e.f. 20th of January. 
  • 13 Players are required for Match Conduction. If the said number of players will not be available, the match will shift to the next available/feasible date.
  • If there are more COVID cases during the tournament, then PSL will postpone for the next seven days.
  • Families of Players are not allowed to associate with Players during the Quarentitne/tournament. 

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