The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirms that the test it conducted on 128 persons for possible coronavirus, including have turned out to be negative. The test were conducted on players, match officials, team owners, broadcasters and support staff. These tests took place on Tuesday, March 17 (the day when the tournament was postponed) as PCB’s care initiative after a suspect COVID-19 case came forward.
It is learned that all the members of the squads and team officials have reached back home safely who took part in the PSL 2020. Earlier the tournament was first rescheduled eliminating the playoffs and playing the semi-finals and final but late they had to postpone when a suspect case of COVID-19 came forward.
With the news of outbreak the PCB first conducted a few matches in the closed doors without spectators. However, even after rescheduling the tournament and cutting a couple of matches, the cricketing body later postponed the event considering the safety of people involved in the tournament. These step were taken as a precautionary measure to the deadly virus.
On Tuesday, the PSL was suspended after Karachi Kings’ Alex Hales had developed symptoms of the coronavirus.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan said:
“It was absolutely critical for the integrity and credibility of the HBL Pakistan Super League and the Pakistan Cricket Board that all players, support personnel, broadcasters and match officials, those who had decided to stay back till the end of the tournament, tested negative for COVID-19.”
“In this background, the PCB is pleased with the outcome of the results and happy that all these players and officials have rejoined their families without any health and safety doubts or concerns. The PCB will continue to put in place precautionary measures to better safeguard the health of its employees.”
The PCB has iterated that it will be putting its focus on the safety measures for the betterment of its employees.