Due to the Coronavirus delayed flight operations and closure of borders of different countries, the return of foreign players participating in the Pakistan Super League has begun. Some players from England and the West Indies depart from the first available flight.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday formally contacted the owners of all the teams on a conference call, which agreed on the following points:
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- The HBL PSL 2020 will continue as scheduled so the Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmai schedule match will start tonight at 8pm at the National Stadium Karachi.
- The match will be played in closed doors where only specific PCB-approved individuals are allowed to attend.
- All players and support staff are allowed to leave from HBL PSL 2020 as desired.
So far the following players have confirmed leaving HBLPSL 2020:
Karachi Kings: Alex Hales
Multan Sultans: Rilee Rossow and James Vince
Peshawar Zalmi: Tom Bunton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, James Foster (Coach), Louis Gregory and Liam Livingstone
Quetta Gladiators: Jason Roy and Time Mills
- • By law, all teams will be allowed to select alternate players, which will be approved by the event technical committee.
- • The PCB will regularly monitor the situation and will be in touch with all team owners during this time.
- • No player has tested positive for Coronavirus yet.
- • There is currently no discussion of the Pakistan Cup and the series against Bangladesh.
Chief Executive PCB Waseem Khan says the situation is constantly changing in the current situation which needs to be monitored constantly. He said that today PCB and all team owners have realized their responsibility and allowed all the players to leave the league voluntarily as the confidence and trust of the players are the most important for the PCB.
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The chief executive PCB added that they want to make it clear that currently 10 players and a coach have decided to leave the league so that they risk future flight operations being suspended or their countries’ borders closed.
Waseem Khan said that PCB will ensure the safe return of all these players, the same protocol will be adopted for other players and support staff. He said that as in the past, PCB will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to make any decision regarding the safety and health of the event participants.