The remaining 2021 Pakistani Super League matches have been postponed due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
In a statement Thursday, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the development. “Following a meeting with the owners of the team and considering that the health and well-being of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect. The decision was made after seven cases were reported during the competition. , which began on February 20, ”the statement read.
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“The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants, and organize repeat PCR testing, vaccines and isolation facilities for the six participating parties.
The national T20 tournament has been rocked by a string of COVID-19 cases, with the governing body confirming Thursday that three unnamed players from two different teams have tested positive for the disease. Karachi has hosted 14 of the 20 preliminary round matches. As of Wednesday, the league was due to move to Lahore for the remaining 14 games.
In a media interaction on Thursday, PCB CEO Wasim Khan said efforts would be made to find a window later this year. However, for now, the safety of all actors and stakeholders was paramount. “The SOPs were established keeping in mind that we delivered two test series (against Zimbabwe and South Africa), the National T20 and the Quad e Azam Trophy. It was a big disappointment for us to we find ourselves in such a situation. The health and safety of the players is paramount and comes first, “said Khan.
With players testing positive for the virus, it was initially planned to take a five-day break, retest, and then resume the tournament. However, the teams have let the PCB know that with more and more cases, players are nervous and not in the right frame of mind.
“There was a strong consensus that it was untenable to continue, based on the fact that it was outside of ours, there were reasonable areas as to what was going on. Seven players had contracted the virus since February 27. For us that was the main thing – once players start to be affected it becomes a problem. It has had a trickle down effect the last few days, “Khan said.
The CEO of PCB also confirmed that there will be an investigation into the whole matter. “We will do an investigation, and it will not be done by PCB staff. I will inform the president about it, then he will ask the board of governors, and we can decide on the investigation,” the CEO said. .