Today, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to call off the ongoing season of Pakistan Super League ahead of the knock out matches which were scheduled to be played on March 17 and 18. PCB made this decision after the news of an overseas player who had left Pakistan, got symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. PCB CEO Wasim Khan confirmed the news.
PCB did not reveal the identity of the player but there is speculation about the player’s name and it might be England’s player Alex Hales. Hales was featured for the Karachi Kings in the tournament. The official update is yet to be revealed.
Whilst the PCB has tried not to reveal the identity of the player who had left Pakistan a few days ago and who showed symptoms of COVID-19, one of the commentators has stated that the player is probably Alex Hales #coronavirus #PSLV
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) March 17, 2020
The former Pakistani cricketer and the commentator Ramiz Raja revealed that the player who got symptoms after PSL is Karachi Kings’, Alex Hales. After this update, all the broadcasters and commentators will also undergo tests for Coronavirus.
Ramiz said to a local news channel, “It is an unfortunate scenario. A good and right decision has been made in the end. The news is coming, you people will know more. Alex Hales has developed some symptoms and the tests are underway. We, the broadcasters and the commentators are also undergoing tests in the next two hours.”
PCB CEO did not reveal the name and he only said that the player will undergo screening shortly in his country.
Wasim Khan on the postponement of the #HBLPSLV
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 17, 2020
The PCB CEO Wasim Khan addressed the reporters and said, “A player is potentially suspected now. We can’t reveal the identity of the player. It is private and we won’t take his name.”
He also added, “Well, we would like to keep the player’s name private, and we can only tell that he is an overseas player. And he is not in Pakistan at the moment. He has developed the symptoms in the last 24 hours.”