All 128 COVID-19 tests are negative, PCB confirms
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed that it conducted 128 COVID-19 tests on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners on Tuesday. All results have returned negative. The test was conducted on behalf of PCB’s duty of care after a suspected case of COVID-19 emerged.
Multan Sultans also underwent 17 COVID-19 tests on Monday which also turned out to be negative.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “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.
“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 will continue to put in place precautionary measures to better safeguard the health of its employees.
“I urge cricket fans and followers to exercise absolute caution and value their as well as others’ wellbeing. They can overcome this pandemic by maintaining hygiene, avoiding close physical contact like handshaking and hugs, staying away from gatherings, avoiding close contact when anyone who is experiencing cough and fever, and spreading awareness about safety measures.
“The PCB prays normalcy returns quickly to our society so that playing fields can once again witness resumption of healthy activities.”
All 25 remaining foreign players, support staff, and match officials, meanwhile, have left for their destinations.