PSL 2021 Postponed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
Karachi: The current season of PSL 2021 has been postponed with immediate effect due to the outbreak of positive cases of Covid-19 in recent days. The decision was made on Thursday (March 4,2021) in a meeting between the organizing committee, the owners and the management of the team.
“The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which began on February 20,” an official PCB statement said.
Only 14 of the 34 scheduled games were completed when the PCB announced the postponement.
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PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3pm to provide further updates.
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“The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants and will organize repeat PCR tests, vaccines and isolation facilities for the six participating parties,” the PCB statement added.
The organizing committee called a meeting the day after three positive cases were reported, including Quetta Gladiators Batsman Tom Baton and Karachi coach Fielding Kings Kamran Khan. This comes a few days after Quetta’s Fawad Ahmed tests positive, leading to the postponement of a league fixture by a day.
Previously, there were reports that foreign players from all franchises could leave the league, after which Dan Christian of the Karachi Kings confirmed his withdrawal from PSL 2021.
The board was criticized for failing to manage the bio-secure bubble and for failing to implement COVID-19 protocols.
Even the previous edition of the tournament had to undergo a postponement as the virus was very widespread right at the moment in which the round of 16 of the tournament should have been played. The PCB successfully reprogrammed it and hosted it last November.
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