Wednesday Mar 03, 2021
Quetta Gladiators’ English batsman Tom Banton on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19 during the ongoing edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) taking place in Karachi.
The player confirmed the news in a statement shared on his official Twitter account today. “Unfortunately I received a positive Covid-19 test yesterday and I am now isolating and following the PSL protocols,” Banton wrote.
Earlier on Tuesday, Samiul Hasan Burney, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director – Media and Communications, confirmed that three positive Covid-19 cases have emerged in the tournament’s bio-secure bubble after an outbreak on Islamabad United’s camp was reported.
"Of the 244 tests conducted, three have come back positive,” he said. “Two foreign players and one support staff have tested positive.”
Banton, along with United’s Fawad Ahmed, were the two foreign players who tested positive while Karachi King’s fielding coach Kamran Khan was the support staff member who tested positive.
The PCB official added the tournament will continue as per scheduled as all three personnel had been isolated from the rest, adding that they were being quarantined at a different floor on the same hotel.
“Fortunately, I am looking feeling ok so far and I have been well looked after by the PCB and Quetta Gladiators,” Banton added.
“Thanks for the support, look after yourselves and stay safe.”