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PCB delays PSL 6 due to rising incidents of Covid-19 among players

PCB announced that they have decided to postpone the matches due to the health and well-being of players and participants in the tournament.

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday, has announced to delay the Pakistan Super League (PSL 6)after the outbreak of coronavirus among players. Earlier, an Australian player named Fawad Ahmed from Islamabad United was first tested positive for coronavirus last week. Following him two other people had tested positive, triggering worry among teams, management, and followers of PSL.

PCB announced that they have decided to postpone the matches due to the health and well-being of players and participants in the tournament.

“Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect. The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on 20 February,” the cricket body said in a press release.

Read more: PSL 6: Aussie cricketer Fawad Ahmed tests positive for COVID-19

PCB added that they are planning on arranging PCR tests, vaccines, and isolation facilities for the six franchises.

The cricketing body confirmed that three more players from two different teams have tested positive for coronavirus taking the toll of participants testing positive to 7. They are undergoing self-isolation for 10 days.

PCB assured that these players were not part of the two matches, Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans played yesterday, though they were tested earlier in the day after they showed symptoms.

On Wednesday, PCB had decided to offer coronavirus vaccine doses to all the participants of PSL 6, becoming the first cricket board to do so.

Reports claim the foreign players from Islamabad United all-rounder Lewis Gregory, Quetta Gladiators batsman Tom Banton, and Kamran Khan, who is the fielding coach of Karachi Kings, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Read more: Dale Steyn slams PSL 6 commentator for ‘mid-life crisis’ remarks

Fans and followers have expressed disappointment on the postponement of the tournament and have asked the authorities to hold accountable the responsible for the breach in the bio-secure bubble

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