Pakistan’s cricket authority suspended on Tuesday an ongoing worldwide match amid a surge in coronavirus circumstances throughout the nation.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today postponed the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 with immediate effect,” it mentioned in an announcement, including that the 2 semi-finals and the ultimate might be rescheduled for a later date.
It mentioned that the choice was taken after a international participant who left Pakistan few days in the past “showed symptoms of COVID-19 and will undergo screening shortly.”
The PCB, it added, has made preparations for all gamers and assist employees, match officers, franchise homeowners and manufacturing crew “to undergo precautionary tests and has strongly advised them to wait for the results prior to undertaking any travel.”
The PSL is a world Twenty20 cricket league comprising six groups. The occasion, which began in 2015, was being held in Pakistan totally for the primary time.
Talking to the media, PCB Chief Government Wasim Khan mentioned: “This is absolutely the right thing to do after an overseas player, who will be tested in his country shortly, has shown symptoms of COVID-19.”
He added: “We have taken the decision after discussing it with all stakeholders.”
Previous to the postponement, the authority had determined to carry the matches behind closed doorways, gave the gamers an choice to withdraw from the match, re-scheduled matches (play-offs had been changed by semi-finals slated for right this moment) and lowered the variety of occasion days.
In response to an announcement, some 14 worldwide gamers had dominated out their participation.
The cricket board, in the meantime, additionally suspended all its home competitions and associated actions.
The virus that emerged in China final December has contaminated at the least 173,344 folks in 152 international locations or territories, in accordance with the World Well being Group. Pakistan has up to now confirmed 193 circumstances as per its Well being Ministry, with probably the most variety of sufferers recognized in Sindh province.
The pandemic has, so far, killed greater than 7,000 folks worldwide.