The Pakistan Cricket Board, as part of the normal process, held a conference call with the team owners on Friday morning. The following are the outcomes:
The HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will proceed as planned, including tonight’s Multan Sultans versus Peshawar Zalmi match, which will commence at the National Stadium at 8 pm
The match will be played behind closed doors and only event accredited personnel will be allowed to enter the venue
All players and players support personnel have been given the option to withdraw from the HBL PSL 2020 should they wish to do so.
The following players have to date confirmed they will not take any further part in the HBL PSL 2020:
Karachi Kings – Alex Hales
Multan Sultans – Rilee Rossouw and James Vince
Peshawar Zalmi – Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, James Foster (coach), Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone
Quetta Gladiators – Jason Roy and Tymal Mills
As per the event regulations, the teams will be allowed player replacements, which will have to be approved by the Event Technical Committee
The PCB will continue to assess and monitor the situation and make decisions as appropriate in consultation with the team owners
No player has to date tested positive for Coronavirus
No discussion has taken place as yet with regards to the upcoming Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament and home international matches against Bangladesh.
PCB Chief Executive Said:
“This is still an evolving and unprecedented situation with a number of moving parts that require constant and regular monitoring.
“Today, as part of their due diligence, the circuit board and team owners decided to give all players the opportunity to decide whether to return home. Ensuring that players feel comfortable remains paramount to the PCB.
“It is now important to emphasize and clarify that the main concern of many of the 10 players and one coach who chose to return home is to avoid a possible situation in which they are either due to flight cancellations or border closures could be stranded due to flight cancellations in their own countries.
“The printed circuit board will make it easier for you to return it safely and will ensure the same for all players and support staff who decide to withdraw from HBL PSL 2020.
“As mentioned earlier, we will continue to assess and review the situation and not hesitate to make what we believe to be the right decision for everyone involved.”