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Coronavirus: PCB postpones PSL as a player tests +ve

LAHORE: PCB has postponed PSL’s 5th Edition today hours before the semi finals (Multan vs Peshawar and Karachi vs Lahore) were to be played here today.PSL CancelledWasim Khan, CEO of PCB announced here today that  5th Edition of PSL had been postponed indefinitely after a foreign player left last week due to the symptoms of Coronavirus.

He told that Karachi Kings had reservations about playing in the tournament. He claimed that semi-final and final matches would be rescheduled before the next season of the PSL.

“We have been following the government’s advice. First, we took the decision to play matches in empty stadiums, then we gave players the option to leave, then we reduced the number of matches, we took 2-3 measures but after this suspected case, we made this decision,” Wasim Khan said.

NPTV has been informed that more than fourteen foreign players had returned home after the PCB last week gave them the option to leave amid Coronavirus fears.

Sources insinuated that British Cricketer Alex Hales tested positive and had been flown back to UK. All players and broadcasters had later been tested for Coronavirus as a precautionary measure. 

However, Alex Hales had taken to Twitter to deny that he had tested positive for Coronavirus. PCB also appealed all the stakeholders to restrain from statements that could create panic.

Alex Hales further held optimistically: “Not the way I envisaged my PSL to come to an end. But I want to thank all of the Karachi King family and the whole of Pakistan for a rally enjoyable month…I look forward to coming back next year, fingers-crossed!”

alex halesIt is pertinent to mention here that before PSL a number of high profile sporting events had been cancelled all over be world. Many wonder will it be possible to hold the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.