Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X

Coronavirus in sport: Pakistan Super League called off


Bengaluru, March 17: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been called off with the knockout rounds still to go, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament had entered its business end with the final four set to compete behind closed doors from Tuesday (March 17) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for a place in Wednesday's (March 18) final.

Multan Sultans, who finished top of the league, were supposed face Peshawar Zalmi in the first match before Karachi Kings take on Lahore Qalandars.

However, a franchise confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the tournament, which had already been rescheduled with matches reduced and final brought forward, finally been called off.

The PSL website also tweeted form their official handle saying the tournament has been postponed and a revised date will be announced later.

"HBL PSL 2020 postponed, to be rescheduled. More details to follow in due course," the PCB tweeted just hours before the scheduled first semifinal.

There were already fears about the coronavirus pandemic after many foreign players including Australian and Lahore Qalandars all-rounder Chris Lynn headed home during the midst of the tournament, following the increase in the number of cases reported in the country.

Chris Lynn leaves PSL amidst coronavirus pandemic

Lynn was joined by Karachi Kings' Alex Hales, Multan Sultans's Rilee Rossouw and James Vince, Peshawar Zalmi's Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone and Quetta Gladiators' Jason Roy and Tymal Mills.

Peshawar coach James Foster also left early.

Despite the PSL tournament officials cutting short the knockout stage to four days, wiser counsel prevailed and it was decided to call off the event with a revised date expected to be announced as and when the situation improves.

Earlier, the last leg of Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan, which involved a test match and a One-day International in Karachi next month, was also postponed.

COVID-19 threat: Bangladesh tour of Pakistan postponed indefinitely

"Sad to see the PSL end, but health and safety of all concerned is the key..." tweeted Multan's Shahid Afridi.

The PSL postponement followed Pakistan's decision to suspend all domestic football because of the coronavirus outbreak which has shut down sport around the world.

(With inputs from Agencies)

For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Love Cricket? Prove it! Play myKhel Fantasy Cricket here

Story first published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:48 [IST]
Other articles published on Mar 17, 2020
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more