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BCCI appoints VPS Healthcare to manage bio bubbles during T20 World Cup

The UAE-based VPS Healthcare, which had successfully managed the bio-bubble during the just concluded 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have reappointed the multinational healthcare group for providing medical services in the ongoing edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, it will be the third time when the VPS Healthcare has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the medical side of a huge cricket tournament.

With a strength of over 2000 people, which will include as many as 16 teams within the bio-secure environment this time, it is going to be the biggest bio-bubble ever managed during any international cricket tournament held in the past couple of years.

The healthcare group will not only look after the players and support staffs but also their families, broadcast crew, BCCI and ICC officials, staff at the hotel and stadium.

Meanwhile, as per reports, the healthcare group has implemented some stringent protocols to avoid any breach of the bio-secure environment during the showpiece event.

Reports said that for the T20 World Cup, the medical group has created a total of twelve bio-bubbles across nine hotels. While seven bio-bubbles are in Dubai, the remaining five have been set up in Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the healthcare group will also use Rapid RT-PCR tests in case of any emergency as it would give the test results within a short duration of just 20-30 minutes.

“In contrast to the earlier times, all members within the bio-bubble are vaccinated. Despite that, all will undergo regular RT-PCR tests to uphold the safety measures. The testing protocol for the members in the bio-bubble has been set by the ICC,” stated a release.

Throughout the showpiece event, the medical group is expected to conduct more than 20,000 PCR tests. VPS is said to be able in conducting over 2,000 PCR tests per day, with a turnaround time of 6 hours for the results.

VPS will not only secure the bio-bubble but will also provide holistic medical support for the T20 World Cup.

Experienced in offering 360-degree healthcare services for sporting events, it will provide a broad range of services, including emergency medical services, sports medicine support, musculoskeletal imaging, specialist teleconsultation, doctor-on-call, and ambulance/air ambulance support.

VPS Healthcare will also be managing the medical services at the stadiums and during practice sessions of the teams and meanwhile, the company has also put doctors at the hotels of the players, support staffs, broadcast crews and other officials to cater to their need in case of any emergency.

Also as the ICC has allowed 70 percent spectators allowed at the venues, the mediacl group has also set up spectator clinics in the various stadiums to look after any emergency case.

Meanwhile, special arrangements have been put in place across VPS’ Burjeel hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah for the immediate treatment of players or other stakeholders.

The release also stated that anybody requiring the air ambulance facility will be taken to Burjeel’Medical City, VPS’ quaternary care facility at Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.

IPL 2021 to resume on Sep 19, final on Oct 15

The remaining part of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 14th season will begin from September 19 in the UAE and the final will be held on October 15, reports have suggested.

Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to make an official announcement, report say that the Indian board has zeroed in on the date for the resumption of IPL 2021.

It also said that the recent meetings between the BCCI and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) went well and the Indian board is confident that the remaining games of the IPL 14 season will be held successfully across three venues in the UAE — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Significantly, these three venues had earlier hosted the 2020 season of the cash-rich league.

Meanwhile, as it has been reported that many overseas cricketers will unlikely be a part of the remainder of the T20 tournament, the BCCI is in talks with their respective foreign boards and is hoping for a positive result.

Earlier on May 4, the 14th season of the lucrative league was forced to be indefinately postponed following the emergence of Covid-19 positive cases inside the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second-leg.

PSL 2021: Five players yet to be issued UAE visas

The remainder of the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is just 48 hours away from resuming however, five players are reportedly still waiting for their visas to the UAE.

The cricketers who have yet to get visas are Umar Amin, Imran Randhawa, Asif Afridi, Hammad Azam and Khalid Usman. While the first three of them are in Pakistan, the remaining couple of them are in England.

As per reports, Hammad and Khalid have terminated their club contracts in England to feature in PSL 6 remainder.

Significantly, the PCB has faced a lot of criticism over the delay in the start of the tournament as earlier, the tournament remainder was supposed to begin on June 1 however, due to visa issues and logistical challenges, the board was forced to push the dates ahead.

Notably, the sixth edition was indefinately suspended in March due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases inside the tournament’s bio-bubble in Pakistan.

PSL 6 to resume on June 9, final on June 24: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PC) on Thursday announced that the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 will be played from June 9 and the final will be held on June 24 in Abu Dhabi.

“The remaining matches of the PSL 6 will be played from June 9-24 in Abu Dhabi. There will be a total of six double headers including one in the play-off stages,” a PCB spokesperson said.

“Matches on the usual days will start at 9:00pm PST while in the case of double headers, the first match will start at 6:00pm PST and the second match will be played at 11:00pm PST,” he added.

He also said that the detailed match schedule will be announced in due course.

Earlier, the PCB had faced suveral challenges like visa issues, Covid guidelines issue and mainly in getting permission from the UAE authorities in staging the T20 tournament in Abu Dhabhi.

The sixth season of the PSL was earlier, suspended in March owing to the emergence of several Covid-19 positive cases among its players and support staffs inside the bio-bubble.

PCB expected to receive response from UAE govt on Covid guidelines on Thursday

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to receive a response from the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) Abu Dhabi on staging the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 remainder in the city later on Thursday.

As per reports, the remaining 20 PSL matches will have to be shifted from Abu Dhabi if the quarantine conditions are not relaxed by NCEMA.

However, the PCB and the PSL management are hopeful that the remainder of the T20 tournament will resume from June 7 after it gets the reuired permission from the UAE authorities for its 16 production crew members to start working at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium from June 5.

The NCEMA will clarify whether it will grant exemptions to the production crew to start working in Abu Dhabi from June 5 or not.

Earlier, multiple reports had suggested that the PCB would shift the matches to Sharjah if the necessary permission is not granted by the NCEMA.

Significantly, the sixth season of the PSL was suspended after several players and support staff had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year in March.

PSL 6: Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars’ isolation ends; to begin training from Wed evening

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars will kick-off their training sessions from Wednesday evening, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said.

As per the PCB statement, the seven-day isolation for those who arrived in Abu Dhabi via charter flights from Pakistan will end on Wednesday afternoon following which, the teams will start practising at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Earlier after facing several challenges and obstacles, the PCB was granted the permission by the UAE authorities to hold the PSL 6 remainder in Abu Dhabi.

Later on May 27, two chartered flights, carrying 202 passengers, including players, officials, support staff, and other participants of the league from Lahore and Karachi had flown to Abu Dhabi.

However, 25 members, which included former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, were forced to stay back due to non-issuance of their visas.

Significantly, the remainder of the sixth edition of the PSL is scheduled to be held at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium from the first week of June.

PCB considering to shift PSL 6 remainder from Abu Dhabi to Sharjah

After health authorities in Abu Dhabi revoked the clearance previously granted to the 16 Indian broadcasters, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering to shift the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to Sharjah from the UAE capital, which has strict coronavirus protocols in place.

As per reports, the broadcasters were in isolation for two days in Dubai before the local health authorities suddenly objected to their clearance.

In such a scenario, the PCB is making high-level efforts to resolve the issue as it could lead to further delay in the resumption of the T20 tournament.

Reports said that the Indian broadcasters were asked by the Abu Dhabi health authorities to leave the hotel where they were isolating and were later sent to Dubai.

Meanwhile, issuing a statement, the PCB said late on Tuesday: “National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) to decide on Wednesday afternoon if they will grant exemptions to 16 production crew to work in Abu Dhabi from June 5 to make June 7 start possible.”

“PCB will continue to engage with the Abu Dhabi government,” it added.

The board also announced that the PSL 6 will now end on June 24 instead of 20 June, which was planned earlier.

Delay in visa issual forces Pak PSL-bound players to return home

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to move those cricketers to their respective homes in the country who were barred from entering into a commercial flight to Abu Dhabi from Lahore and Karachi for the PSL 6 remainder.

The board took the call as it feels there can potentially be some more delays in the issuance of the remaining visas.

According to PCB, as soon as the visas are processed, the players will undergo the mandatory PCR tests before flying to Abu Dhabi.

“We regret the inconvenience that has been caused to some players and officials, but these have been due to unforeseen circumstances and unexpected challenges,” said PCB Director, Commercial and PSL 6 head Babar Hamid, in an official statement.

“The PCB is working hand in glove with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Cricket Board, and trying its best to get all participants in Abu Dhabi in time so that we can hold the remaining tournament,” he added.

Notably, the sixth edition of the PSL was postponed after a several COVID-19 positive cases were reported in March this year.

The remainder of the tournament is now slated to resume in the first week of June in Abu Dhabi.

PSL 6: PCB takes U-turn on Naseem Shah; allows him to rejoin tournament bubble

Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators pacer bowler Naseem Shah has been recalled for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now allowed him to enter team hotel here.

Shah, 18, was on Monday expelled from PSL 2021 remainder after he had breached Covid-19 protocols before flying to Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to host the remaining games of the t20 TOURNAMENT.

Shah had arrived the designated hotel with a non-compliant RT-PCR test result, will return to isolation in the hotel before flying to Abu Dhabi to join his team Quetta Gladiators in PSL.

“After a meeting between the PCB and the PSL franchises, there has indeed been a compromise with Shah offered a way back to the PSL. All he has to do is clear a pre-isolation Covid-19 test, which will allow him to re-enter the team hotel, and then return back-to-back negative tests, which will give him the green light to board the flight to Abu Dhabi,” said a report in espncricinfo.com.

Shah will now fly to Abu Dhabi along with contingent that was left behind by first flights that carried 202 personnel on Thursday, the report added.

Earlier, Babar Hamid, Director — Commercial and head of PSL 6 in an official statement had said: “The PCB does not take any pride in releasing a young fast bowler from its marquee event but if we will ignore this breach, then we will potentially put at risk the entire event. We appreciate Quetta Gladiators for accepting this decision as it confirms we are all aligned to strictly following and implementing the protocols.”

Sky247.net signed as official sponsor for PSL 6 remainder

Satellite television pay TV operator Sky247.Net has been announced as the official sponsors for the upcoming second leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6, which will be held in Abu Dhabi from the first week of June.

This sponsorship is another big step for Sky247 as part of the marketing strategy, which includes other recent sponsorships such as the Abu Dhabi T10 powered by Sky247.net, the Sky247.net Abu Dhabi ODI Series, the Emirates D20 and T20I series between Pakistan and South Africa.

Commenting on the development, João Coimbra, Sky247 Marketing Manager said that supporting  sports and in particular cricket, is one of  their priority focus areas for the future.

“The worldwide scenario with the pandemic is that sports events are struggling to be staged and we see these sponsorships as our way to show that we want to be a part of a supporting structure to these events,” he asaid.

“SkyInfoTech, is a multi-brand company, and although we have different strategies for each brand, there remains a common theme with every brand: this “supporting behaviour” around the sports. Apart from that, being part of one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world is such an honour, and the exposure we will get with partnerships like this is really worth it. We want to keep this strategy as core to our brand growth”, Coimbra added.