The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are concerned over the rising cases of new COVID-19 variant, Omicron in Pakistan. The upcoming seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is due to begin on January 27, 2022. However, the rising cases of Omicron in the country are worrying the PCB.
The PCB want to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Omicron does not affect the league. For the same, they have hired a foreign company to make a completely safe bio-bubble. The board have also agreed to book a full hotel for the players participating in the PSL seven. They may also ask the overseas players to isolate for a bit longer. PCB have also mandated the players to follow COVID-19 protocols. Any breach of the same can lead to serious consequences.
The last edition of the PSL was hampered due to COVID-19. The tournament was stopped midway owing to a COVID-19 outbreak. The second half of the tournament was then played in UAE.
If PSL gets hit by another outbreak, the board will have nowhere to go. UAE has emerged as a backup to T20 tournaments in the subcontinent. However, with the country due to stage its own league, PCB may not be able to host PSL in UAE if the need arises. The coming season of the PSL will be staged in Karachi and Lahore.