Pakistan’s Cricket Council (PCB) sighed with relief on Wednesday after the UAE authorities issued visas to players and the team to broadcast the matches of the Pakistani Super League, which will be held in Abu Dhabi.
The PCB has confirmed that the UAE authorities have issued visas to 25 Indian citizens who are part of the broadcast team to travel from India to Abu Dhabi.
Visas have also been issued for 26 South Africans, including players and technical staff, to travel from Johannesburg to the Emirates.
The South African contingent includes players Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Riley Rousseau, Cameron Delport, Michael Smith and Herschel Gibbs.
“All players, officials and crew staying in their hotels until 14:00 on May 27 would be considered to have started their period of isolation,” the board said in a statement.
PCB flies about 233 players from all six franchises of PSL and its charter flight staff to participate in the remaining 20 matches, which are likely to be played conditionally from 6 to 20 June.
Players, staff and board members have cleared two tests for COVID-19 after being isolated in hotels in Karachi and Lahore for the past three days.
The PCB has applied for visas to the UAE for 370 people, including players, officials and television operators, and said that, except in one or two cases, the UAE authorities have already issued all visas through the Emirates Cricket Board.
For Indians and South Africans, the UAE authorities have made a minimum seven-day quarantine period mandatory, as both countries are on the red list of several countries due to the large number of COVID-19 cases.
After eight days of quarantine, they can start their duties according to strict standard operating procedures.
PCB decided to host the remaining 20 PSL-6 matches in Abu Dhabi after the tournament was due to be postponed in early March in Karachi due to growing cases of COVID-19 among franchise players and officials.