The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to offer SARS-Coronavirus Vaccine doses to all participants of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6, becoming the first cricket board to use the vaccine.
According to an official press release issued by PCB, the decision has been made to ensure all participants of the league remain safe and healthy during the event, which concludes on 22 March.
The vaccine doses will be administered on Thursday and will be offered to all those inside the bio-secure bubble. However, it will solely be the players’ and officials’ decision if they want to get the vaccine shots.
The cricket board has been in discussions with the federal and provincial government officials, highlighting the national cricket teams’ international engagements and commitments as well as the significance, reputation, integrity, and credibility of the PSL 6.
On the other hand, PCB Chief Executive (CEO) Wasim Khan said, “The PCB takes the health, safety, and wellbeing of its players and officials very seriously. In line with our duty of care policy, we have acquired a small allocation of SARS-Coronavirus Vaccine, which will be offered to all those inside the bio-secure environment created for the Pakistan Super League 6.“
“The players and officials will be under no obligation to have the vaccine. The vaccinations will be administered on Thursday morning by qualified health workers, strictly in line with government protocols.”
He further added, “While we live in these challenging times, the vaccine has been sourced to provide an added level of protection and comfort for players and all personnel inside the bubble. We will continue to operate responsibly in our duty to those involved in the tournament.”