LAHORE-The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will spend round Rs 15 million on the testing of gamers, their assist personnel and match officers in the course of the 2020-21 home season, which kicks off with the Nationwide T20 Cup on September 30 with the primary spherical matches in Multan and second spherical in Rawalpindi from October 9-18.
Director – Excessive Efficiency Nadeem Khan on Tuesday mentioned every participant within the Nationwide T20 Cup, Nationwide U19 Three-Day and One-Day competitions, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup One-Day Match would bear checks, at the least, twice within the lead as much as the tournaments. The gamers are additionally anticipated to bear random checks in the course of the tournaments.
The PCB has already introduced 192 gamers for the first and 2nd XI occasions, whereas every of the six U19 Cricket Affiliation sides are prone to comprise 20 gamers apiece (120 gamers in whole). Along with this, participant assist personnel and match officers may even bear Covid-19 checks as per the protocols, that are being fine-tuned and prone to be confirmed later this week.
“Due to the pandemic, this is an additional cost but the PCB is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the players, support personnel and match officials. Therefore, the PCB is happy to make this investment. “There is nothing more important than the health and safety of all involved in the competition and the PCB will fulfill all its obligations and responsibilities towards all the competitors as part of its duty of care,” Nadeem mentioned.
“All these concerned within the competitors will maintain their first checks of their respective cities, whereas the PCB will conduct second spherical of checks on those that will be part of the squads following the primary destructive checks. The PCB will reimburse prices of the primary checks. “The minimal price of a Covid-19 take a look at is Rs 6,000 and in case you calculate variety of checks to be performed in the course of the season, the general price will likely be round Rs 15 million.
“The opposite operational prices, together with journey buses and group motels, that are a part of the bio-secure bubble, are on high of the testing expenditure. “That is an uncommon and unprecedented scenario and I’m proud that we have now not solely introduced the schedule of the 2020-21 home cricket season however are additionally on the verge of launching it. This will likely be a difficult season and I’m conscious every little thing is not going to work clock-wise, however we stay optimistic and assured, and prepared to be taught and enhance as we progress within the season.
Nadeem additionally mentioned that the gamers, who traveled to England for 3 Assessments and as many T20Is for a tour which stretched seven weeks, have been allowed to hitch their respective home sides on September 25 to allow them to spend time with their households. “It’s a commonsense method to just accept the gamers’ request, who spent almost 10 weeks in England in a bio-secure setting. This extra time will assist them spend extra high quality time with their households, recharge their batteries and return to aggressive cricket with full drive,” Nadeem mentioned.
In the meantime, the Covid-19 testing technique of the gamers and participant assist personnel for the 2020-21 home season started right here on Monday. “Since squad members of the First XI, Second XI and U19 teams are spread all over the country, it was logistically unfeasible to conduct their Covid-19 tests under the supervision of the PCB’s medical team. Hence, they will get their first tests done themselves and the board will reimburse the cost,” he mentioned and added: “All of the squad members will undergo the second Covid-19 tests at the PCB-designated central stations, which will be conducted by the PCB’s medical team.”