The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday that it had rescheduled the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 after the increase in coronavirus cases in Pakistan. As per the new schedule, the final will be played on March 18 which was previously slated for March 22.
The decision means the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will be reduced by four days and there will now be 33 matches as opposed to 34.
The revised schedule sees two back-to-back semi-final matches at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on March 17. The first match of the day would kickoff at 2 p.m. between the number 4 and number 1 ranked teams, while the second match, starting at 7 p.m., would see the number 2 and number 3 ranked teams facing off.
All these changes have been made with the consultation of the team owners.
The PCB is in close contact with the Punjab Government. They will receive guidance from govt in regard to allowing spectators to watch the last four matches at the Gaddafi Stadium. All group matches scheduled till March 15 would continue as planned with no alterations.
While following precautionary measures against coronavirus, Sindh government has announced that the upcoming Karachi-leg matches will be held in front of the empty National Stadium.
13 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, National Stadium (8pm-11.15pm).
14 Mar – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Stadium (7pm-10.15pm).
15 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm-5.15pm). Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, National Stadium (7pm-10.15pm).
17 Mar – 1st semi-final (1 v 4) (2pm-5.15pm); 2nd semi-final (2 v 3) (7pm-10.15pm) (both matches at Gaddafi Stadium)
18 Mar – Final, Gaddafi Stadium (7pm-10.15pm)
PCB has also allowed foreign players participating in PSL to leave amidst the ongoing coronavirus fear.
Reportedly, Peshawar Zalmi’s Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Lewis Gregory and Carlos Brathwaite have already confirmed their departure. Moreover, James Vince and Moeen Ali from Multan Sultan, Jason Roy from Quetta Gladiator and Alex Hales and Chris Jordan from Karachi Kings will also leave midway over coronavirus fear.
ICC medical advisory
However, ICC has issued a medical advisory for every ongoing tournament happening around the globe.
According to which they said, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid travel if you are sick.
- If you have a cough or fever, then seek medical review.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.