PCB confirmed the news
The Pakistan Cricket Board decided Thursday to postpone the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League with ‘immediate effect’.
The decision was announced by the board in a press statement.
“Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the PCB has decided to postpone the HBL PSL 6 with immediate effect,” said the statement. “The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition.”
On Thursday morning, three players had tested positive for the novel virus.
The press release said that the board is now focused on providing safe and secure passage to all the participants. “The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants, and arrange repeat PCR tests, vaccines and isolation facilities to the six participating sides.”
The tournament began on February 20 and was originally scheduled to be concluded on March 22 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan said, in a press conference at the National Stadium, that they will be looking at windows to complete the tournament before the end of the year.
Right now the board is focusing on “carefully and slowly exiting players from our environment to safely get them out so they can travel wherever they need to,” he remarked.
The SOPs for bio-secure bubbles require partnerships, discipline, and self-policing, Khan said. “We had a minor breach in the beginning and we all had a responsibility to actually police and self-police but we weren’t able to do it effectively enough.”
Former captain and star all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi believes that the postponement of the event will prove to be a big blow for Pakistan cricket.
“PSL is now an international brand,” he said while speaking to SAMAA TV on Thursday. “Postponement of such an event will be a big blow for Pakistan cricket. It will not be easy to organise these matches at a later date since there will be other big events taking place later this year as well.”