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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will spend around Rs15 million on the Covid-19 testing of players, support personnel and match officials during the 2020-21 domestic season starting with the National T20 Cup on Sept. 30 with first-round matches in Multan and second-round games in Rawalpindi from Oct. 9 to 18.
According to PCB director High Performance Nadeem Khan, on Tuesday every player in the National T20 Cup, three-day and one-day National U-19 competitions, the Quaid-e – Azam Trophy and one-day Pakistan Cup tournament will be tested, at least twice in the lead-up to the tournaments.
The players are also expected to undergo random tests during the tournaments.
192 players have already been announced by the PCB for the first and second XI tournaments, while 20 players are likely to be on each of the six U-19 association sides. In addition, team support personnel and match officials will also undergo Covid-19 tests in compliance with the guidelines, which are being fine-tuned and likely to be confirmed later this week.
Both those participating in the competition will undergo their first tests in their respective cities while the PCB will conduct second round of testing on those who will join the squads after the first negative tests. The PCB will be repaying the first test expenses.
“The minimum cost of a Covid-19 test is Rs6,000 and if you calculate with the number of tests that will be conducted on the players, player support personnel and match officials during the season, the overall cost will be around Rs15 million,” Nadeem said. He added that the players who travelled to England for three Tests and as many T20 Internationals for a tour which stretched seven weeks have been allowed to join their respective domestic sides on Sept 25 so they can spend time with their families.