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PCB confirms coronavirus test reports of players as negative

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed that the 128 coronavirus tests conducted on PSL 2020 players has tested negative.

As per the details, PCB on Tuesday had conducted tests on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners as part of the board’s duty of care following a suspected coronavirus case.

The Multan Sultans underwent 17 COVID-19 tests on Monday, March 16, which were also negative.

“It was 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 Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.

“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,” he added.

He said PCB would continue to put in place preventive 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,” Khan said. “The PCB prays normalcy returns quickly to our society so that playing fields can once again witness resumption of healthy activities.”

Samra Mazhar

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