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PCB has cut short PSL after some foreign players opt to leave Pakistan over coronavirus

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PCB has cut short PSL after some foreign players opt to leave Pakistan over coronavirus

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday decided to cut short the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 and hold the final match of the tournament on March 18 instead of March 23.

According to a press release by the cricketing body, the playoff match has been replaced by the semi-finals, which will be held in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on March 17; one at 2pm and the second at 7pm. The final will also take place at the Gaddafi Stadium at 7pm on March 18. The playoff matches scheduled for today, tomorrow and March 15 will be held according to schedule. A decision on whether to allow spectators in the stadium during the remaining matches will be made after consultation with the Punjab government, the press release said.

PCB had also said that all players participating in PSL 2020 have been given the option to pull out of the tournament amid growing fears of the coronavirus pandemic.

Who’s leaving?

According to an official statement by the cricket board, the following players have confirmed they will not take part in any future matches of the tournament.

  • Alex Hales – Karachi Kings
  • Rilee Rossouw – Multan Sultans
  • James Vince – Multan Sultans
  • Tom Banton – Peshawar Zalmi
  • Carlos Brathwaite – Peshawar Zalmi
  • Liam Dawson – Peshawar Zalmi
  • Lewis Gregory – Peshawar Zalmi
  • Liam Livingstone – Peshawar Zalmi
  • Jason Roy – Quetta Gladiators
  • Tymal Mills – Quetta Gladiators

Peshawar Zalmi coach James Foster is also going back home. However, none of the players from Lahore Qalanders or Islamabad United have said they are withdrawing from the league.

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