It seems like history is repeating itself for the much-coveted Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament. After being postponed last year due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the event took off to a rather hopeful start this time around. However, following a number of matches, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again delayed the championship “with immediate effect”. This comes after seven players tested positive for Covid-19 this week. The PCB noted the decision had been taken out of consideration for the health and wellbeing of all participants.
“Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing 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 in the competition, which had started on 20 February,” the cricket body revealed in a press release.
“The PCB will concentrate on safe and secure passage for the participants and is set to arrange repeat PCR tests, vaccines, and isolation facilities for the six franchises,” it added. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan and Commercial Director Babar Hamid will hold a press conference to give more details at 3pm, on March 4. Earlier today, the PCB confirmed that three additional players from two different teams had tested positive for the coronavirus, adding they will now undergo self-isolation for 10 days. The players had been tested in the afternoon after they showed symptoms, according to the statement. They had not been part of the sides that played yesterday’s match (March 3), which featured Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans.
A day earlier, the PCB decided to offer Sars-coronavirus vaccine doses to all participants of PSL 6, becoming the first cricket board to do so. Islamabad United’s Fawad Ahmed became the first player in the tournament to test positive two days ago. United’s match with Quetta Gladiators, scheduled to be held on March 1, was postponed as a result while other players were tested, reported Dawn. The PCB had later announced the test results of both Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United squads had returned negative. But, the next day, two more foreign cricketers and a local backroom staff member also tested positive.