PSL to use tracking device to keep players in check

Team KT/Dubai
Filed on May 29, 2021
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The franchises are investing in ice vests for their players to wear on the field and there has been talk of using lighter material for team kits

Pakistan Super League is gearing up to resume its suspended T20 operation here in the UAE from June 1 with PCB planning to use GPS fob tracking devices in order to keep a close watch on players.

Every individual player will be tagged with a tracking device and any breach it will trigger a beep. It shows the seriousness of the organisers to make the event foolproof. The PSL was suspended in February this year after Covid-19 cases emerged in the bio-secure environment in Karachi.

However, apart from the stringent bio-secure measures, the league and teams will be opting for coconut water, ice collars and vests as well as more breaks to deal with the testing conditions. .

“We have a strategy to use coconut water as much as we can to maintain body temperature. We need to keep the boys hydrated and avoid the risk of cramping. Since most of the games will be played at night, we are not worried about heat strokes,” Mohammad Akram, Peshawar Zalmi director, was quoted as saying by the media.

“It’s more about how we combat the humidity. Hence, the use of coconut water helps us against the risk of losing electrolytes from the body. I am not sure if more than two or three extra breaks are feasible in between the innings but we plan to supply coconut water at the boundary especially for the bowlers,” he added.

Lahore Qalandars coach Aqib Javed who also coached UAE said: “The conditions in Abu Dhabi will not be a serious problem for players. Since most of the matches will be played in the evenings and players are fit enough to go through this.”

The franchises are investing in ice vests for their players to wear on the field and there has been talk of using lighter material for team kits.

A bigger concern is Covid-19 and controlling its spread.

The PCB has created three bubbles for the league. Bubble A is for players, support staff, match officials, hotel staff and PCB officials.

Bubble B is for the broadcast production crew and key event management personnel. It is at a hotel different from Bubble A. Bubble C is for accommodating the groundstaff.

Unlike in Karachi, where teams were lodged in one hotel and players allowed to stay with their families in that same hotel, in Abu Dhabi, two teams are lodged in one hotel. Both teams are on different floors.

Those arriving from Pakistan will undergo a strict seven-day quarantine while those coming from India will have to undergo a strict 10-day quarantine due to local rules.

Meanwhile, four international players have joined Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi. Sherfane Rutherford, Fidal Edwards, Rovman Powell and Salam Khel have reached Abu Dhabi and started their quarantine period. The players have made their balconies as fitness zones and posted some videos while doing their workouts. — With inputs from agencies

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