The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) is set to kick-start on 27th January as the fans will look out the home siders, Karachi Kings, locking horns with the title defenders Multan Sultans. The entire extravaganza will be coiled up in two cities; Karachi and Lahore, as the COVID cases keep on emerging in the country.
One of the spokespeople of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated that they are developing contingency plans for the league to run smoothly. In case seven or eight players test positive, the franchise will let them be isolated in a team hotel and the backup players will continue to feature in the games.
As there is no later window available for PSL 2022 to recommence in case the league gets cancelled amidst the COVID cases rising, the entire league will have to be ended rather than considering rescheduling.
It must be noted that five cases from three different franchises have recently popped up which creates hurdles and tensions in the plans.
The PCB and PSL franchises are taking every strict safety measure to ensure the league runs smoothly with zero disruptions. However, if a player breaches code of conduct, there will be major charges against him one of which will be elimination for PSL 2022.
The National Command and Operating Center (NCOC) has allowed 25% of the crowd in the first phase of the league in Karachi. It means almost 8000 people will be able to enjoy matches from the stadium. The decision on the Lahore leg is yet to be taken.