The Pakistan Super League, on Thursday, got suspended after seven coronavirus cases came to light, the country’s cricket board said. The Twenty20 competition, which started on February 20, was put on hold “with immediate effect”, a Pakistan Cricket Board statement said.
“The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition,” a statement on the Pakistan Cricket Board website said.
The PCB “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.
Back on March 01, the first Covid-19 case was reported in the PSL after Islamabad United’s Fawad Ahmed had tested positive for the virus. Just the next day, two more cases were reported. Quetta Gladiators’ Tom Banton broke the news of his infection on Twitter.
With as many as four franchises now being affected with Covid cases in less than 4 days since the first case was reported, the PCB decided to postpone the remainder of the season.
Amidst all of this, Pakistan bowlers Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali made quite a senseless comment on Twitter. Both of them have blamed the “evil eye” for the indefinite postponement in the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“Ya Allah humary psl ko kis ke nazar laga de ,” wrote Islamabad United skipper Shadab, while his United teammate Hassan posted: “Nazar lag gi kisi ki humri PSL ko.”
Dan Christian Had Already Withdrawn From PSL 2021
The Australian all-rounder, Dan Christian, who was representing the Karachi Kings in PSL 2021, has already withdrawn from the tournament. Karachi Kings’ Team Director, Wasim Akram, announced that Christian will take no further part in the competition.
This is now the second time in two years that PCB has had to postpone the PSL. PSL 2020 was put off for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.