On Thursday, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had taken a sigh of relief as all players and official persons tested negative for the Coronavirus who were involved in the HBL PSL 2020.
A PCB press release said, “The PCB today confirmed it conducted 128 COVID-19 tests on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners on 17 March and all results have turned out to be negative.” On 16 March, the 17 people related to Multan Sultans tested, have also been declared free of Coronavirus.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, “The tests were conducted as part of the PCB’s duty of care, following a suspect COVID-19 case. It was 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,” Wasim said.
“The PCB will continue to put in place precautionary measures to safeguard the health of its employees better,” he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board more added that all the 25 remaining foreign players, officials and support staff have departed for their respective destinations. The Pakistan Cricket Board was forced to conduct a few matches of the PSL in closed doors because of fear of coronavirus, both at Karachi and Lahore. For an indefinite period, the knock-out phase games had to postpone.
Teams are qualified to the semi-finals: