The Pakistan Cricket Board has claimed all of the 128 COVID-19 tests of the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners in the Pakistan Super League have turned out to be negative.
The PCB had conducted the tests on March 17 following the last-minute postponement of the PSL knockout fixtures due to a suspect case of coronavirus. It had emerged that a foreign player showed symptoms of the disease after having left the country owing to fears surrounding the cancellation of flights over the WHO-declared pandemic.
Although the PCB did not disclose the identity of the overseas player, it was revealed to be Karachi Kings' Alex Hales, who denied rumours of testing positive for the virus. His result is expected from England where he has placed himself in isolation.
According to the PCB press release, the Multan Sultans camp underwent 17 tests a day before the tournament was indefinitely deferred. Their test results have also come out negative.
“It was absolutely critical for the integrity and credibility of the HBL Pakistan Super League and the Pakistan Cricket Board that all players, support personnel, broadcasters and match officials, those who had decided to stay back till the end of the tournament, tested negative for COVID-19," PCB CEO Wasim Khan stated.
“In this background, the PCB is pleased with the outcome of the results and happy that all these players and officials have rejoined their families without any health and safety doubts or concerns."
“The PCB prays normalcy returns quickly to our society so that playing fields can once again witness resumption of healthy activities.”
The HBL PSL is one of the multiple sporting events around the globe drastically affected by the rapidly deteriorating coronavirus situation. The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has exponentially grown over the past few days with the first casualties in the country owing to the virus occurring on Wednesday.