The Pakistan Cricket Board has stated that the remaining games of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held in November if the situation improves by then in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The PSL had postponed the knockout games of the PSL on March 17 after English player Alex Hales showed the symptoms of coronavirus. Three matches were left in the tournament, with Multan Sultans taking on Peshawar Zalmi in the first semi-final of the tournament while Karachi Kings were to take on Lahore Qalandars in the second semis on March 17 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The PSL finals were to take place the following day, ie, on March 18.
Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO added that the remaining three games will be held in November as a 10-day window is available. “We have to first sit down and discuss the situation with all the franchise owners because they are also suggestions that Multan Sultans which topped the points table should be declared winners or to have these remaining matches before the PSL-6 early next year,” he told the media in a teleconference.
“The losses are in terms of the targets which were set keeping in view the smooth completion of the PSL show. But as the semi-finals and the final are yet to be played and two matches have been rained off, for which tickets will be refunded, we may face some losses,” the PCB CEO said.
On March 19, the PCB had confirmed that it had conducted 128 tests for coronavirus on the players, coaches, match officials and team owners. All results had come out negative. 800 people have thus far been tested positive for the fatal disease in the country, while six have lost their lives.