The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Thursday that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 has been delayed “with immediate effect” after seven people participating in the tournament tested positive for Covid-19.
The PCB said the decision had been taken out of consideration for the health and wellbeing of all 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.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan and Commercial Director Babar Hamid will hold a press conference to give more details about PSL delayed, at 3pm, the press release added.
PSL twitter handle also announced the decision
📢 HBL PSL 6 POSTPONED
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3pm to provide further updates.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 4, 2021
Earlier three additional players from two different teams had tested positive for the coronavirus. A day earlier, the PCB decided to offer Sars-coronavirus vaccine doses to all participants of PSL 6, becoming the first cricket board to do so.
Postponement of PSL6 is a big setback not only for the brand itself but for the fans, Pakistan’s image as a responsible state and most importantly young emerging talent that emerged in this tournament. People are still in state of shock and asking questions about how PCB failed to implement its own code of conduct for players and that too within the country. During the Pakistan team’s tour of New Zealand a strict code of conduct was implemented by the host country. PCB could have implement the same security template here.