The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) established by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2015 stands suspended just hours before the start of Semifinals. This is due to the ongoing Coronavirus crises, across the globe, which continues to worsen across many countries. The postponed match is to be rescheduled by PSL organizers. The remainder of the PPL is postponed after one overseas player had shown symptoms of COVID-19. It had quarantined himself immediately after he left for his home country. The leg league games in Karachi were played in front of empty stands. The remainder of the PPL is postponed effective immediately. Which was scheduled on March 17 for semifinals and the Final on March 18?
The Pakistan Cricket Board has arranged for the overseas exit for players. Alongside the player, franchises, broadcast crew, and franchise representatives, will also undergo screening tests. The semifinals were between Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi in the first game. Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars in the second game. Which is postponed for now. It will be rescheduled later announced by Pakistan Cricket Board.
Wasim Khan, PCB Chief Executive said the decision taken is right because an overseas player had shown symptoms. Who will be tested in his country? The immediate test was facilitated for all those who were involved in PSL. The situation is unpredictable and PCB is closely monitoring the situation and taking all precautionary measures such as temperature screening of media, officials, and players on both match and non-match days.
The PCB also allowed an option for players to withdraw from the tournament. Furthermore, the board will also work with the government closely to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation to influence people and make them aware of the situation. Many countries had postponed cricket tournaments including India’s IPL. Which is pushed from March 29 to April 15. After COVID-19 remains declared a pandemic and many countries have canceled or postponed their cricketing events.
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