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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday that its centrally-contracted players along with the staff would play their role in the battle against COVID-19 by giving portions of their monthly fees to the government’s emergency fund.
The players will collectively donate Ps5 million to the government fund. On the other hand, the PCB staff up to the rank of Senior Managers will donate their one-day salary, while the General Managers and above will donate two days’ salary.
Additionally, the PCB will match the contribution of its staff to the government fund, by giving out an extra 5m. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Tuesday:
“The Pakistan Cricket Board has always stood with the people of Pakistan in desperate times. This is one of the gravest, most challenging and unprecedented times, which our local and federal governments and health workers are having to face with. While we continue to pray for the wellbeing and success of our health workers so that normality returns to our society, we at the PCB are making a small contribution which will support the government in its endeavours against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has risen to 1102, with 8 reported fatalities. Following lockdowns in Sindh and Balochistan, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar announced a 14-day partial lockdown in the province in order to take proper measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus through observing of social distancing and self-quarantine.
The following announcements were made: Parks and public places will remain closed and pillion riding will be banned. The ban will not apply to families. However, the CM further clarified that the government was not imposing a sweeping lockdown or a curfew. The orders will remain effective until April 6.