Pakistan’s sports entertainment industry has once again bore the brunt of the novel Coronavirus. After the decision of conducting PSL matches without a crowd, the management of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called off the entire tournament until further notice because of multiple reasons. PCB stated that the remaining matches will be rescheduled which means that the remaining two semi-final matches and the final match between the worthy teams will be held in the delayed future.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT#HBLPSLV postponed, to be rescheduled. More details to follow in due course.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 17, 2020
Pakistan Super League 5 has been postponed because a large number of international professional players decided to head back to their home countries as a safety precaution from the extremely defamed Coronavirus. International players are considered as the heart and soul of Pakistan Super League because they grant an international status to the event. And without them, Pakistan Super League is nothing but a domestic sporting event.’
Earlier on Friday, the Pakistan Cricket Board had announced that any international player that wishes to withdraw from the ongoing Pakistan Super League and wants to head back may do so at their own will. “All players have the right to leave the league at any time,” said the PCB. It added that players from England Cricket Team including Jason Roy had put forward a withdrawal request. After that, almost all franchise teams put forward requests of withdrawal.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board and PSL management, Peshawar Zalmi’s Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson and Carlos Brathwaite were the ones discontinuing their venture with the league. In addition to that, Multan Sultans’ James Vince and Rilee Rossouw, as well as Karachi Kings’ Alex Hales, and Jason Roy and Tymal Mills from Quetta Gladiators, were among the players to confirm their departures. Most recently, Chris Lynn, the power house himself shared with regret that he had decided to leave the Lahore Qalandars at such a crucial time because of the virus outbreak. He said that there was more to life than just cricket.
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Thoroughly enjoyed my time at the @thepsl unfortunately in these circumstances I’ve chosen to head home, I’ve always said there is more to life than cricket and this is certainly one of these cases. I have full faith in the @lahoreqalandars to go all the way but more importantly have fun lads! Thank you to everyone involved, Pakistan you have been a blast 😁😁😁
Fans of Pakistan Super League are in a state of frenzy and confusion as they saw “PSL 5 called off by PCB because of COVID-19” making headlines. They are expressing their dejection over the decision on the social media.
— C O C O M O (@momna_tahir) March 17, 2020
On the other hand, many important personalities and stars around the world are commending the steps taken by PCB to manage the event with such efficiency in its entirety. Pakistan Cricket Board is being admired for taking the appropriate steps at the correct time while making a way for the fans to enjoy the event. Unfortunately, the severity of the virus has created a global disorder in all sectors of life, and PCB has decided to take no chances. Furthermore, conducting matches without crowds was an extreme financial burden over the entire cricket board.
Good decision by PCB & the Govt for not holding rest of #PSL5 @PSLtweetsPK matches. Welldone upon holding a v successful #PSLV2020 Thanks to all spectators who ve bn coming & ensuring Jam Packed Stadiums witnessing thrillers among teams @TheRealPCB Stay safe everyone! Prayers🙏
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) March 17, 2020
The good part about the decision is that PSL 5 has not been cancelled, but only been postponed and it is being guaranteed that the remaining matches will be held to decide the champion of this year’s edition.
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