All tests conducted on PSL players, staff came out negative: PCB

Updated March 19, 2020

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“It was absolutely critical for the integrity, credibility of PSL and PCB that everyone was tested," says Wasim Khan. — Neville Chadwick/File
“It was absolutely critical for the integrity, credibility of PSL and PCB that everyone was tested," says Wasim Khan. — Neville Chadwick/File

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed that none of the 128 COVID-19 tests conducted on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners on March 17 came back positive.

A press release from the PCB said that the tests were conducted as part of the PCB’s duty of care, following a suspected COVID-19 case in one of the players.

The press release said that 17 tests — conducted on the Multan Sultans on March 16 — also came back negative.

Meanwhile, the remaining 25 foreign players, support staff and match officials have already departed for their respective destinations.

Commenting on the matter, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “It was absolutely critical for the integrity and credibility of PSL and the PCB that everyone was tested [for coronavirus]."

“With this in view, 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," Khan said, adding that the PCB will continue to put precautionary measures in place for its employees.

“The PCB prays that normalcy returns quickly to our society so that playing fields can once again witness resumption of healthy activities,” Khan concluded.