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Pakistan postpones T20 league after player shows coronavirus symptoms

By Ritu,

Capital Sands

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been postponed with immediate effect after an overseas player showed symptoms of coronavirus, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.

The postponement was announced hours before the semi-final matches were due to start in Lahore.

“This decision was taken after a player, who had left Pakistan a few days ago, showed symptoms of COVID-19 and he will undergo screening shortly,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

Players, support staff, match officials, franchise owners and production crew have since undergone tests and have been asked to wait for results before planning any travel.

Multan were to face Peshawar in the first semi-final at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium followed by the second match between Karachi and Lahore.

The final was scheduled for the same venue on Wednesday.

All three matches would be rescheduled to a later date, said the PCB, which has suspended all domestic cricket.

The franchise-based Twenty20 competition was shortened by four days last week and a number of foreign players left before the semi-finals.

The last leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan, which involved a test match and a one-day international in Karachi next month, was postponed on Monday.

The PSL postponement followed Pakistan’s decision to suspend all domestic soccer because of the coronavirus outbreak which has shut down sport around the world and killed more than 7,000 people.