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PSL postponed after foreign player shows symptoms of coronavirus
March 17, 2020


Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Waseem Khan addresses the media on Tuesday. — DawnNewsTV

Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan on Tuesday said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 has been postponed indefinitely after a foreign player who had left last week displayed symptoms of the coronavirus.

He made these remarks at a press conference with other PCB officials in Lahore.

At least 14 foreign players had decided to return to their own countries after the PCB last week gave them the option to leave amid coronavirus fears.

Adding that the player's name would not be revealed to maintain privacy, Khan said that players from all the teams, the broadcasters and everyone else associated with the tournament would be tested for the virus.

Responding to a question he said that the Karachi Kings team had reservations about playing in the tournament and the decision was then made after consulting all the franchises.

The PCB chief added that the semi-final and final matches would be rescheduled before the next season of the PSL.

"We have been following the government's advice [in the matter]. First, we took the decision to play matches in empty stadiums, then we gave players the option to leave, then we reduced the number of matches, we took 2-3 measures [...] but after this suspected case, we made this decsion."

Responding to a question about future cricket plans, Khan said that "nobody is playing cricket internationally [...] it is a pandemic situation. Safety comes first, cricket comes second."

A statement from the PCB said that the cricketing body would use its "reach and influence to play its part in all government’s drives and initiatives to create awareness and deal with this pandemic".
PSL 2020: PCB says all 128 coronavirus test results negative


The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday confirmed that the 128 COVID-19 tests conducted on players who took part in PSL 2020 after a foreign player showed symptoms had all returned as negative.

The board had conducted tests on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners on Tuesday, March 17 as part of the PCB’s duty of care following a suspected COVID-19 case.

According to the board, the Multan Sultans underwent 17 COVID-19 tests on Monday, March 16, which were also negative.

“It was critical for the integrity and credibility of the HBL Pakistan Super League and the Pakistan Cricket Board that all players, support personnel, broadcasters and match officials, those who had decided to stay back till the end of the tournament, tested negative for COVID-19,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.

“In this background, the PCB is pleased with the outcome of the results and happy that all these players and officials have rejoined their families without any health and safety doubts or concerns,” Khan said.

He added the board would continue to put in place precautionary measures to better safeguard the health of its employees.

“I urge cricket fans and followers to exercise absolute caution and value their as well as others’ wellbeing,” Khan said. “The PCB prays normalcy returns quickly to our society so that playing fields can once again witness resumption of healthy activities.”

All 25 remaining foreign players, support staff and match officials have already departed for their respective destinations.

Level of cricket in PSL and IPL is quite similar, Livingstone says

APRIL 18, 2020

The level of cricket in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and IPL is quite similar., English batsman Liam Livingstone has said.


The Livingstone while talking to a podcast said that the passion among fans in both the countries set them apart from other cricketing leagues.

Livingstone has been part of the PSL since the fourth edition of Pakistan’s T20 league, making debut with Karachi Kings while represented Peshawar Zalmi in the recent PSL 2020, whereas in the IPL, he played for the Rajasthan Royals in the last edition of the world’s premier league.

The Perth Scorchers batsman who played 4 games for the RR in the IPL 2019, further went on to claim that the standard of cricket in the PSL was “very similar to the IPL”.

The right-hander further added, “It was great to play in places that hadn’t seen live cricket for a while, such as Multan, where the atmosphere was unbelievable. I think the stadium holds around 30,000 but I’m adamant there were about 50,000 there. They cheer for anything and don’t support any particular team.”

Noteworthy, Livingstone was released by the RR before the IPL 2020 auctions last year, and then he opted out of the auctions pool to focus on the country cricket for Lancashire.

The 13th edition of IPL 2020 has been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which also forced the PSL 5 to be canceled at the final leg of the tournament.
PSL next editions will be all Pakistan events, says PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani


LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani said on Thursday that the matter to make Pakistan Super League (PSL) a separate entity on the pattern of successful and modern leagues of the world is under consideration.

"We want that the PSL should work as an independent body under the control of the PCB and it should work on modern processional lines to make it a successful venture the way other leagues in the world are functioning independently," Mani told the media here at Gaddafi Stadium.

Ehsan Mani said the prime objective to make the PSL an independent organisation is to make sure that decisions are being taken timely on professional lines and to make the league a profit earning venture besides making it a quality event, being participated by the world best players.

He said the next editions of the PSL would be all-Pakistan events with matches being played at different centres of the country with full house of audience watching the players in action.

The PCB chief made it clear that no franchiser has violated its contract of the PSL with the PCB and a wrong impression had been created in a section of the press in this regard.

"All the franchisers of the PSL have agreed to have all the matches at home and foreign players also have the keenness to play in Pakistan and their participation will add colour and festivity to the event," he said.

Ehsan Mani said Karachi's national stadium has been upgraded and renovated at a cost of Rs 2 billion while Rs 200 to 300 million and Rs 200 million are being spent on Rawalpindi and Multan stadiums to make them ready for staging the PSL matches.

"Lahore Gaddafi Stadium is ever ready for the PSL matches as it staged its final and semi-finals in the previous editions of the PSL," he said.

"By having matches of the PSL at home, we will be seeing the franchisers of the teams reaping the benefits by earning revenue which they could not due to matches at the UAE," said the PCB chairman.

By when should we expect an update on the semifinals and final of PSL 2020?
i wonder when PSL will be continued...

PCB announces schedule of remaining HBL PSL 2020 matches

The four matches will be held in Lahore on 14, 15 and 17 November

Pakistan Cricket Board in Lahore
02 September, 2020

Photo Courtesy: PSL
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced the schedule of the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 matches, which were postponed on March 17 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The four matches will be held in Lahore on November 14, 15 and 17 with only the Qualifier and Eliminator 1 to be a double-header. Eliminator 2 will be played on the following day, while the event will conclude on Tuesday, 17 November.
The dates have been finalised following consultations and discussions with the four playing sides – Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi – while start times will be confirmed closer to the event.
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The final four matches of the event will be played under Covid-19 protocols, including bio-secure bubble for the players, match officials and event-related staff. The matches are currently planned to be held behind closed doors, though the situation will be closely monitored and will be reviewed in October.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “This announcement puts speculations to bed and provides absolute clarity and ample time for teams to plan and prepare for these crunch matches.
“It was important at this stage to state our intent and lock these dates in the diary in the best interest of the teams and the tournament.
“The PCB was always keen and committed to hosting the remaining four matches as it believed an event of the magnitude of the HBL Pakistan Super League deserved a winner. We saw the excitement and buzz in the lead up to the competition earlier this year and look forward to promotional activations that will engage the fans once again.
“The hosting of the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 matches also endorses Pakistan's resilience in overcoming difficulties and challenges no matter what the nature. PCB is planning to hold its 2020-21 domestic season, which will include a number of age-group, men and women competitions, as well as home international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“All domestic 2020-21 season matches will prove to be catalyst for the successful planning and delivery of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021, which will be held in February/March next year.
“We look forward to once again bringing joy to the nation.”
From the four sides to feature in the remaining HBL PSL 2020 matches, only Peshawar Zalmi is a former winner, lifting the trophy in Lahore in 2017, which not only makes these four matches more exciting but also fills the fans with anticipation.
HBL PSL 2020, the biggest cricket spectacle in Pakistan since the 2008 Asia Cup, carries a total prize money of US$1million, including a winner's award of U$500K along with a glittering and brand new trophy, and a cheque of US$200K for the runner-up.
Saturday, Nov 14 – Qualifier (Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings), Gaddafi Stadium; Eliminator 1 (Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi); Gaddafi Stadium
Sunday, Nov 15 – Eliminator 2 ((loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1); Gaddafi Stadium
Tuesday, Nov 17 – Final; Gaddafi Stadium

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