PSL 2021: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to have learnt from the bio-bubble breaches in the first phase that led to the PSL 2021 being suspended. With the PSL 2021 Phase 2 set to begin in the UAE, the PCB has announced strict protocols with provision for heavy fines on violations. When the tournament resumes on June 7, Babar Azam and others will be under strict scrutiny over the next two weeks.
The violations include not adhering to the mask mandate. Players are not allowed to have anyone apart from maintenance staff in their hotel rooms. Failure to follow either will result in a breach of PSL 2021 COVID-19 SOPs, resulting in heavy fines and even suspension of match fees and even suspension from the tournament as per Geo News, which viewed the documents.
Furthermore, if anyone shows symptoms of COVID-19, that person is barred from attending any meetings. If anyone tries to meet a person who has symptoms or has tested COVID-19 positive will be considered a serious violation.
PSL 2021: Players, franchises to strictly follow COVID-19 SOPs
- Must wear a mask always when with others in the team hotel
- Must not invite anyone to rooms
- Must not meet anyone if the person shows symptoms and vice versa
- First offence will lead to a warning
- Repeated offence will lead to hefty fines and even suspension from the tournament
- Suspension includes up to five matches plus fines
PSL 2021: With players, support staff, broadcaster crew and others still arriving in the UAE, the PSL 2021 Phase 2 is unlikely to begin before June 9 as per information available with InsideSport.
PSL, which was suspended in March this year due to Covid-19 cases, has suffered impediments prior to resumption. As many as five cricketers and two coaches from South Africa and eight Indian broadcasters were able to reach only on Saturday and will have to undergo quarantine.
Besides, 11 players and officials from Pakistan including former Pakistan and current Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, were not allowed to board flight to Abu Dhabi via Doha and will now be sent through Bahrain. They have been sent home to spend time with their families as they await their visas.
Over 200 players, support staff and tournament officials from Pakistan — 57 persons from Karachi and 145 from Lahore — are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament after being flown on a special charter flight on May 27, arranged by PCB.