Coronavirus: Pakistan postpones T20 league hours before semis

17 Mars, 2020, 15:51 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Alex Hales

But on Tuesday, hours before the semifinal, an emergency meeting between the franchises and the PCB saw the tournament being postponed indefinitely citing health and safety issues. Yesterday, he called up saying that there were symptoms.

Salman Iqbal, owner of Karachi Kings, told ESPNcricinfo, "I have been asking for it to be postponed for the past two days, as we (PSL) was the only cricket going on".

"The two boards will now work together to identify a future opportunity to complete the ICC World Test Championship commitment", the PCB said in a statement.

"This is an unprecedented situation, which is evolving with each passing day". "One can't say that it happened because of Hales". We can't reveal the identity of the player. "Stop spreading fake news, unsafe behaviour", the 31-year-old had tweeted before releasing an official statement. However, he later, deleted the tweet.

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

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"The PCB believes it has made the right decisions in the lead up to the postponement of the tournament that included consulting the team owners, holding the matches behind closed doors, allowing the players the option to withdraw from the tournament, rescheduling of the matches and reducing the number of event days".

Hales said in a statement: "In light of the speculation and rumour that is now circulating within the cricket world and on social media, I felt I needed to give a full explanation of my situation".

Hales, who played for Karachi Kings in the league, 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".

"However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government's advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough".

"At this stage, it has not been possible to get tested", Hales added.

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