The Pakistan Cricket Board today postponed the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 with immediate effect. The two semi-finals and the final will be postponed for a later date. This decision was made after a player who left Pakistan a few days ago had symptoms of COVID-19 and was about to be screened.
The circuit board has taken precautionary measures so that all players and player support staff of the four semi-finalists, game officers, franchisees and production teams can be screened, and have strongly advised them to wait for the results before traveling.
“This is absolutely true after an overseas player who is about to be tested in his country has shown symptoms of COVID-19.
“The circuit board has also made it easier to carry out immediate tests for everyone involved in the HBL Pakistan Super League.
“This is an unprecedented situation that is evolving every day. The PCB closely monitored the situation and took precautionary measures, including consultation with the relevant authorities and temperature testing of players, officials and the media on the match and non-match days.
“The PCB believes that it made the right decisions ahead of postponing the tournament. This included consulting team owners, running the games behind closed doors, giving players the opportunity to withdraw from the tournament, rescheduling the games, and reducing the number of event days.
“Before we postponed the tournament, we naturally made the team owners confident.
“The circuit board will use its reach and influence to contribute to all government efforts and initiatives to raise awareness and address this pandemic. The circuit board hopes and prays that normalcy will quickly return to our society so that everyone can return to a healthy and routine lifestyle and we can bring cricket back to fans. “
The PCB has stopped all national competitions and cricket activities.