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PSL 5 Cancelled Due Coronavirus

Earlier the original schedule of PSL was shortened by four days due to worldwide health emergency declared by WHO due to epidemic condition caused by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

According to the latest news by official PSL tweeter account, the semi-final games 

1. Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi 

2. Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars 

Both were scheduled to be played on Tuesday, and the final was done on Wednesday, would be rescheduled. Spoke person of PCB stated that PCB took the responsibility and was engaged with the government authorities all the time and was considering their advice very seriously, further he stated that rescheduling was done as per government consent. Keeping in view authority’s concerns it was decided to continue matches in and rescheduling was also done. 

The latest development came after a foreign player who earlier left Pakistan shared that he felt some symptoms of Covid-19, so keeping this in view PSL management decided to suspend the PSL without being panicked, spoke person claimed that the decision was made through deliberation. Earlier there was not any suspected case, which was the reason to make his decision later on. 

Representatives from management teams of the various almost every franchise accepted the decision, and consider it the right decision at the right time. Salman Iqbal, the owner of Karachi Kings, while talking to ESPNcricinfo appreciated the decision taken by the mutual consent of all stakeholders. On the other hand, Sameen Rana, owner of Lahore Qalandars, said that the health and safety of players and officials is the top priority of every franchise and PSL management. Though it’s quite unfortunate this is what that should be done.

However, PCB announced that NO player or relevant support staff has shown any positive sign of COVID-19 to date. Therefore PCB requested all stakeholders to show responsibility and wait for official confirmations. The spread of false news might affect negatively already a complex global health and safety matter.

So far more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported in Pakistan and they are gradually increasing with every passing day.

Despite a very low number of suspects and confirmed cases in Punjab, the provincial government has imposed Section 144, a law that bans all private and public sports activity as well as other public gatherings.