The players participating in the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will live in a highly restricted environment to prevent Covid-19 cases. Learning the lesson from past experiences, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come up with a new plan to avoid the matches from getting postponed.
The officials will maintain a bubble within the respective team bio-bubbles where no one apart from the players of the particular franchise would be allowed to enter.
The games are scheduled to be played in two cities. Karachi will host the first 15 fixtures, and the remaining 15 games and four playoffs will be played in Lahore.
The hotel staff will also be a part of the PSL bubble to limit exposure, while the players will use separate lifts and dining areas.
The players will arrive in Karachi on January 20 and remain in a three-day hard quarantine.
Also, the families are not allowed this time, and in case of an outbreak, the entire hotel floor will undergo RT-PCR tests, while the teams will undergo rapid-antigen tests every day, and PCR tests will be conducted every two to three days.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that the matches will go ahead in case a team has 13 fit, uninfected players to play. In addition, a backup of a 25-player pool of local cricketers has been picked up to help the teams getting impacted by the deadly virus.
In case of a major outbreak, the league will stop for a week, and following its restart, the number of matches per day will be doubled to ensure that the tournament finishes on time.