LAHORE-The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday postponed the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) 2020 with speedy impact and the 2 semifinals and the ultimate can be rescheduled for a later date.
This choice was taken after a participant, who had left Pakistan a couple of days in the past, confirmed signs of COVID-19 and he’ll endure screening shortly. The PCB, as a part of its obligation of care, has made preparations for all of the gamers and help workers of the 4 semifinalists, match officers, franchise homeowners and manufacturing crew to endure precautionary exams and has strongly suggested them to attend for the outcomes previous to enterprise any journey.
Whereas talking on the press briefing right here at Gaddafi Stadium, PCB Chief Government Wasim Khan stated: “That is completely the suitable factor to do after an abroad participant, who can be examined in his nation shortly, has proven signs of COVID-19. The PCB has additionally facilitated the method of finishing up speedy exams of all those that had been concerned with the Pakistan Tremendous League.
“This is an unprecedented situation, which is evolving with each passing day. The PCB has closely monitored the situation and had taken precautionary measures including consultation with relevant authorities and temperature screening of players, officials and media on match and non-match days,” he added.
“The PCB believes it has made the right decisions in the lead up to the postponement of the tournament that included consulting the team owners, holding the matches behind closed doors, allowing the players the option to withdraw from the tournament, rescheduling of the matches and reducing the number of event days. “Obviously before postponing the tournament, we took into confidence the team owners,” the PCB CEO asserted.
“The PCB will use its reach and influence to play its part in all government’s drives and initiatives to create awareness and dealing with this pandemic. The PCB hopes and prays that normalcy returns quickly to our society so that everyone can return to a healthy and routine lifestyle and we can bring back cricket to the fans,” Wasim Khan concluded. The PCB has additionally suspended its all home competitions and cricket actions.
In the meantime, former Pakistan captain and commentator Ramiz Raja stated on Twitter that opening batsman Alex Hales had ‘quarantined himself’ however the Englishman launched a press release later saying he developed signs solely after returning to the UK. “I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus,” Hales stated in a press release.
“However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice on self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough. “At this stage, it has not been possible to be tested, although I am hopeful that might be the case later today so that I can get absolute confirmation of my current health status,” Hales added. “Sad to see the PSL end, but health and safety of all concerned is the key…” Multan’s Shahid Afridi tweeted.