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Pakistan Super League final postponed amid virus outbreak

AP
Published Mar 17, 2020, 1:15 pm IST
Updated Mar 17, 2020, 3:47 pm IST
England's Alex Hales apparently showed symptoms of the virus before leaving for home along with many other foreign players
Quetta Gladiators' Shane Watson plays a shot during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 match against Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday. AFP Photo
 Quetta Gladiators' Shane Watson plays a shot during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 match against Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday. AFP Photo

Lahore: The Pakistan Super League has been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The In a statement, Pakistan Cricket Board said "The Twenty20 tournament has been postponed, to be rescheduled.''

 

Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium was due to host the two semifinals on Tuesday and the final on Wednesday, but the PCB moved to postpone the playoffs hours before a match between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi.

Karachi Kings were due to meet Lahore Qalandars in the second of the semifinals.

A number of foreign players in the franchises had already left the country despite the PCB bringing forward the finals by four days.

The decision in the PSL came a day after a test match and a one-day international between Pakistan and Bangladesh was postponed.

 

Alex Hales showed symptoms

Meanwhile, Pakistan's former Test captain and commentator Ramiz Raja claimed that England's Alex Hales might have shown symptoms of the dreaded COVID-19 before flying back home.

Hales, who played for Karachi Kings, left early for home with other English players after the outbreak of the virus in Pakistan. "What I know is that he is yet to have tests but we don't know whether the symptoms he has is of Corona or not. But we all now need to be very cautious and obviously adopt a common sense approach to deal with this problem," Raja said.

 

Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan also said that a foreign player who participated in the league is suspected to have coronavirus. Khan did not reveal the name of the player or if he is currently in Pakistan or not.

As a precautionary measure, all PSL players and broadcasters are now being tested for the virus, Khan told the media.

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