Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which is organizing Pakistan’s biggest cricketing event in the Pakistan should have taken precautionary measures to prevent possible Coronavirus threats during the PSL matches.
The government was struggling to ensure thermal scanners at all important places then how PCB could guarantee the same for the viewers at the stadiums, says PCB official.
PCB looks unsuccessful to ensure thermal scanning of the viewers at the stadiums during Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches to prevent spreading Coronavirus in the Pakistan in spite of having four cases reported in Karachi and Islamabad.
Secretary-general Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Dr. Qaiser Sajjad strongly urged the PCB to ensure thermal scanning of the viewers at the entry points of all four stadiums where PSL matches are being played.
He further suggested the viewers should wear surgical masks and increase water intake while watching matches at the stadiums to protect themselves from Coronavirus attack.
According to guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that “maintaining at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between persons and anyone who is coughing or sneezing as someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If anyone is too close, he/she can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease”.
No arrangements for implementing WHO guidelines have so far been taken at the stadiums which putting the lives of thousands of viewers at the mercy of lethal COVID-19 that haunting millions across the globe.
PSL is emerging as a brand and earning pride for the country so any carelessness from the organizers could cost heavily to the country’s image.
The tendency for watching cricket matches in stadiums is expected to increase in upcoming matches of PSL as the tournament is entering into the most thrilling phase and the cricket lovers have advised the organizers and authorities concerned to ensure proper preventive healthcare arrangements for the visitors.
Concern person from PCB said “we are taking all possible measures against Coronavirus by distribution of surgical masks and hand sanitizers through its commercial partner at the stadiums. In addition, all franchises, local and foreign players have been briefed about the measures being taken to protect from coronavirus”.
He informed that PCB had a policy not to be vocal on this issue hence no official statement has so far been issued.