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Quetta Gladiators owner raises questions about PCB’s bio-secure bubble

February 22, 2021 12:49 AM


Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar while raising concerns about the coronavirus bio-secure bubble for the PSL players said there was still room for further improvement, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

Nadeem Omar raised questions about the existing arrangements made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which introduced a bio-secure bubble to minimize the spread of Covid-19 among players and match officials.

It is pertinent to note that Karachi Kings defeated Quetta Gladiators in the opening match of Pakistan Super League 2021 which was held at the Karachi National Stadium on Saturday.  

The Quetta Gladiators batted first and lost wickets at regular intervals while the team could only make 121 runs. In response, the Kings' reached their target with more than six overs and seven wickets to spare. 

Earlier, one player was tested positive for coronavirus while another player and an official were quarantined after breaching disease protocols ahead of the start of the Pakistan Super League in Karachi on Saturday.

Six teams are vying for the title in the sixth edition of the Twenty20 league, which runs from February 20 to March 22 in Karachi and Lahore.

"A player from a franchise team who had shown symptoms and was in isolation has tested positive," the PCB said in a statement. "He will now remain in quarantine for 10 days and will require two negative tests in order to rejoin the side."

The identity of the player was not disclosed.

Separately, a player and an official from another team were placed under a three-day quarantine after they came into contact with a person outside the league's bio-secure bubble on Friday.

"The two individuals will now require two negative tests during the three-day quarantine period before they can re-enter the bio-secure bubble in accordance with the re-entry protocols," the board said.

The PCB said it was disappointed that two people had shown carelessness and violated the bio-secure bubble protocols. "As reiterated previously, the health and safety of all individuals associated with PSL (Pakistan Super League) is of paramount importance to the PCB and the event," it said.

Crowds at 20 percent of capacity will be allowed to watch the matches under strict Covid-19 protocols.

In last year's league four matches had to be played without crowds in February before three play-offs and the final were cancelled after England player Alex Hales showed symptoms of Covid-19.

The matches were rescheduled to November in a closed stadium, when Karachi Kings won the title.



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