PSL season 5 postponed due to coronavirus

17 Mars, 2020, 12:35 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said it had in consultation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board chose to postpone the upcoming One-Day International and Test in Karachi for a later date as the country takes measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The PSL had seen numerous withdrawals by foreign players in the last few days and most had left the event to return home in view of the pandemic that has claimed more than 7,000 lives internationally.

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The final was scheduled for the same venue on Wednesday.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan did not officially divulge Hales' name, although the Englishman did fit the description of the overseas player he said had shown symptoms of the infection.

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The decision has been taken in the wake of players safety.

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced to organise remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 5 behind closed doors in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium due to fears of coronavirus.

Multan Sultans would have locked horns against Peshawar Zalmi in the first semifinal followed by second semifinal between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings.

There are 184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan according to the latest update, with two in Punjab (of which Lahore is a part), and the number has been going up with each passing day.

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