A casual approach from the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) in the first leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) got the tournament in jeopardy as several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19 after multiple bio-bubble breaches. The PCB does not want to take any more chances and has laid out strict COVID-19 protocols and not following them could lead to serious consequences for the players.
According to the sources, the players and officials can be banned for four matches, along with fine of up to 100% of match fees in case of bio bubble breach. The PCB has divided the breaches in three categories, which includes minor and major breaches, inside the bubble breach and moving out of the bubble.
Not wearing a mask while travelling, not maintaining social distancing, not sanitizing hands before entering the stadium and not reporting any COVID related symptoms fall in the minor breach category.
Going to isolation room without a doctor’s advice, taking medications to hide the COVID-19 symptoms and forging test reports will come under major breaches.
After the first minor breach, the player will be issued a strict warning and can be fined 25% of his match fees. Repeating the same mistake can lead to a fine of up to 75% of match fees and a suspension up to three matches.
In case, a player or official moves out of the bubble, he will be immediately placed into isolation followed by a PCR test. The player could be fined 100% of his match fees along with a ban of two to four matches.
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