PSL 2020: Semifinals postponed due to coronavirus threat

The semifinals of the Pakistan Super League that were supposed to be held on Tuesday have been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium was to host the Pakistan Super League semifinals.   -  AP

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been postponed indefinitely due to the fears of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The tournament which was being played behind closed doors was scheduled to host it's two semifinals on Tuesday.

But after an emergency meeting between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the franchise owners, it was decided to postpone the semifinals.

 

"It was decided to call off the tournament for the time being. This was done keeping the health factor in mind for all the players and the support staff," Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, who was part of the emergency meeting, told Sportstar.

It has been learnt that the franchises will meet once the situation improves and then decide on the future course of action.

"Keeping the health advisory in mind, all the franchises felt that it was necessary to not go ahead with the fixtures," Afridi said.

While most of the players have flown back home, a few of them will leave Pakistan either on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday.

This publication can confirm that the decision was taken after one of the popular international cricketers from Karachi Kings had symptoms of coronavirus. It has been learnt that the player has gone back and is currently in self-isolation.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan said: "We came to know of an overseas player having a suspected case and when we came to know we take the decision of postponing the league.”

He, however, did not specify the name of the player.

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