The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been postponed indefinitely considering the wellbeing of all participants amid the COVID-19 pandemic, PCB confirmed on Thursday (March 4).
“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,” PCB said in a media release.
“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,” it added.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a press conference at the National Stadium in Karachi at 3 PM (PST) to provide further updates.
Earlier today, three more cricketers tested positive for COVID-19 in the ongoing PSL.
While the PCB didn’t disclose the identity of players, it said that the infected players were not from the teams playing Wednesday's double-header matches, which rules out cricketers from Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans or Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad United’s foreign recruit Fawad Ahmed is already in isolation after being tested positive on March 1. The following day, PCB revealed that two more overseas players, along with one local support-staff member - Kamran Khan of Kings - had returned COVID-9 positive.
It was later cleared by England batsman Tom Banton on Twitter that he is among the positive cases. Banton, who is a part of Quetta Gladiators franchise, hasn't played a game since February 22.