According to reports, the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League might be truncated due to time constraints. The tournament was set to resume on June 5. However, several players including Quetta Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, and officials are yet to arrive in Abu Dhabi due to the logistical issues faced by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The players will also have to complete the mandatory seven-day quarantine in Abu Dhabi thus the possibility of resuming the tournament from June 5 looks grim.
The PCB has to somehow finish the tournament by June 20, as the Pakistan team is set to fly to the UK which leaves PCB with a relatively small window to complete the remaining matches. The tournament was postponed in March after multiple players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The PCB has laid out strict COVID protocols to avoid any more interruptions. Any sort of negligence by the players can lead to fine and suspension. 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 an 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 of 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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