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Pakistan Super League postponed with immediate effect after rise in virus cases

The sixth season of Pakistan’s domestic T20 competition, the Pakistan Super League, has been postponed indefinitely with immediate effect after a hike in virus cases amongst players and support staff. 

“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,” said a release from the Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday.

“The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants, and arrange repeat PCR tests, vaccines and isolation facilities to the six participating sides.

“PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3 pm to provide further updates.

“Due to limited space in the press conference room, TV camera persons are not allowed and the press conference will be live-streamed on the PCB YouTube Channel.”

It was earlier today, March 4, that three new virus cases were reported, including the likes of Quetta Gladiators batsman Tom Banton and Karachi Kings fielding coach Kamran Khan, which forced the organising committee to call for a meeting and make a decision. 

In a statement further, PCB said that those infected with the virus will self-isolate themselves for 10 days. “The three players were not part of the sides that featured in Wednesday’s HBL Pakistan Super League 6 double-header, and had been tested in the afternoon after showing symptoms,” the PCB said.

“The HBL PSL 6 organising committee will hold a virtual meeting with the team owners and management later on Thursday, following which a further update will be provided,” it added.

On Tuesday, PCB had reported that two foreign players have been infected with the virus and a day before, Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed had tested positive.

Feature Image Courtesy: Twitter/ Pakistan Super League

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