Two overseas players among three positive cases detected in PSL bubble
Two overseas cricketers and a local member of the support staff have tested positive for coronavirus among a total of 244 PCR tests conducted in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) bio-secure bubble.
This development comes a day after Islamabad United leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed returned a positive result for the Covid-19 test resulting in the last-minute postponement of the team's fixture against Quetta Gladiators.
The fresh positive cases arrived this morning as the results of one franchise's tests are still awaited by the tournament authorities.
"Since yesterday (Monday) and apart from the rapid tests, a total of 244 PCR tests have been conducted to date, resulting in three positive tests. These individuals, including two foreign players and local player support personnel, have been quarantined at a separate floor of the team hotel," the PCB informed in a press release.
Incumbent champions Karachi Kings confirmed that the one infected person belonging to the coaching personnel was from their camp.
"Of the three positive COVID test results in PSL, only one from Karachi Kings, our Fielding Coach, Kamran Khan, has tested positive. We wish him and all others a speedy recovery," the franchise tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
Contrary to concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus in a single team, sources privy to the matter claim that the other two cases are from separate sides, thus quelling any fears of cancellation of a few matches.
PCB's media director Sami-ul-Hasan Burney assured there were no breaches of the bio-secure protocols committed by the infected individuals but reiterated that the importance of compliance with the regulations would be communicated to the franchise owners.
He talked about increasing the frequency of testing from every four days to every three days to ensure immediate detection of the virus.
Furthermore, Sami stated the National Stadium groundstaff would be asked to wear gloves and not interact with the players while the ball would be sanitised by medicated wipes given to the umpires whenever it returns from the stands.
The integrity of the PSL bio-secure bubble was threatened right at the start of the tournament when Peshawar Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz and head coach Daren Sammy were reprimanded for going outside to meet team owner Javed Afridi.
Since then, there hasn't been an instance of the rules being violated as the PCB moved to increase crowd capacity at the stadium from 20% to 50%.