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PSL 2021: Pakistan Super League postponed with immediate effect due to COVID-19 outbreak

The ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday was quickly postponed after three other cricketers were tested with COVID-19, bringing the total number of T20 event cases to seven.

Of the seven cases, six are players and one is a staff member.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement that after a meeting with the club owners and looking after the health and well-being of all the participants, the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to postponed the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 immediately. They also said that the decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which got started near to about from 20th February.

The T20 domestic tournament has been rocked by a series of COVID-19 cases in which the governing body confirms that three unnamed players from two different teams have been diagnosed with the virus and are now about to separate for ten days.

PSL 2021: Pakistan Super League postponed with immediate effect due to COVID-19 outbreak
PSL 2021: Pakistan Super League postponed with immediate effect due to COVID-19 outbreak

The three players were not part of the teams that appeared in Wednesday’s double-header, and were tested in the afternoon after showing signs.

Only 14 games can be completed in this 34-match tournament.

The PCB said it would “focus on safe and secure transfers for all participants, and then plan to repeat PCR tests, medications and solitary confinement on six participating sides.”

Apparently the PCB was forced to make the decision after some foreign players and a few local team officials expressed their concern over the situation with Australia, Dan Christian decided to fly back home immediately.

There were reports that some foreign players also wanted to return home immediately, and the former Pakistani captain decided to leave the organic ball at the club’s hotel and return to his home in Karachi.

On Wednesday, the Board handed out coronavirus vaccines to all participants in the league.

PCB chief executive officer Wasim Khan said the board was in consultation with government and provincial officials, highlighting the national team’s commitment and commitment to national cricket and the importance and credibility of the league.

He also said that the PCB values   the health and also the safety and well-being of its players and officials.

England striker Tom Banton has said he is one of the foreign players tested with COVID-19 and placed alone.

Media Director Sami-ul Hasan Burney on Tuesday said two foreign players and one member of the support staff had been diagnosed with the virus.

This is after Australian leg striker Fawad Ahmed was tested for the virus on Monday.

Burney did not identify the players and support staff.

Last March when the COVID-19 epidemic spread to Pakistan, the Board was also forced to postpone the league but by then the league stage games were over and the tournament was completed in November.

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