PSL-7 : James Faulkner, Shimron Hetmyer and Luke Wood test positive for covid-19 ahead of departure

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The Pakistan cricket board has confirmed that the 3  foreign players and 5 support staff of the Quetta Gladiators have been tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the seventh edition of the Pakistan super league in 2022. Salman Nasser, PCB chief operating officers confirmed that more than 250 tests have taken place and 8 members have been tested positive. The players include Australian allrounder, James Faulkner, Shimron Hetymer and Luke Wood.

The covid test were done at the time of arrival the teams in the hotels. All the players and support staff were tested negative at the time of check in. The players who are founded have entered the bio secure bubble and will start their training from 24th January of the to negative results. The support staff who were tested positive have been sent back to their home for isolation.

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“The PCB remains committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all participants so that they can play and perform to the best of their abilities. In the environment that we presently live in, there will be positive cases but we have robust health and safety plans to ensure the event is played and concluded within the duration of January 27 to February 27,” Salman Nasser said.

In view of the rising Corona cases in the country the Pakistan board has decided to allow only 25% of the audience during the tournament starting from 27 January in Karachi.

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 reports in sections of local media of six positive cases in the Khulna Tigers side, including that of Soumya Sarkar, and 12 COVID-19 positive cases overall among the BCB's employees over the last four or five days.
Reports in sections of local media of six positive cases in the Khulna Tigers side, including that of Soumya Sarkar, and 12 positive cases overall among the BCB’s employees over the last four or five days.

The Bangladesh Premier League 2022 got underway yesterday (January 21) with an entertaining first day but at the cost of 6 players testing positive for COVID-19. The Chattogram Challengers and the Fortune Barishal took on each other in the first game of the season and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan who was part of the Barishal franchise tested positive ahead of the game.

However, Nurul’s tests have produced indefinite results so far as he tested positive on Jan 17 but was tested negative in his second result. He will have to undergo another test on Jan 22 before moving into the camp.

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”Nurul tested positive in the first test on January 17 and then tested negative in the second test. now we are waiting for another negative (result) to allow him join our squad. The test will be done tomorrow (January 22),” the Barishal official told Cricbuzz.

Meanwhile, the BPL governing council member secretary Ismail Haider initiated discussions of changing the venues of the tournament according to the COVID-19 situation.

“It’s difficult to play continuously so either we have to give four to five days rest or take the game to another venue. Till now we have selected Chattogram and Sylhet as the other two venues and if there are no big hiccups then we will play there. But if there is some kind of problem, naturally we will change our plan. We will talk with the shareholders and take necessary measures,” Ismail Haider said.

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