PSL 5 Curtailed After 14 Overseas Players Quits Tournament
- Updated: March 17, 2020
PSL 2020, also known as PSL 5 has been curtailed after 14 overseas players have decided to quit the tournament in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has spread all over the world. PSL 5, now postponed was the only active domestic cricket league in the situation of emergency. A total of four playing days were reduced by the PCB with the total number of games reduced from 34 to 33. The PCB rescheduled the remaining matches on Friday (March, 13).
The decision was given a green signal after James Foster, the coach of Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United trainer Corey Rutgershave, along with 14 other foreign players, decided to not take any further part in PSL 5.
The 14 other players who quit the PSL 5 are -Alex Hales (Karachi Kings), Rilee Rossouw and James Vince (Multan Sultans), Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone (Peshawar Zalmi), Jason Roy and Tymal Mills (Quetta Gladiators), Colin Munro, Dale Steyn, Dawid Malan and Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United). Chris Lynn and David Wiese both of whom were playing for the Lahore Qalandars have also decided to quit the tournament.
PSL announced the development on its official Twitter handle.
“All these changes have been made with the consultation of the team owners. The PCB is in close contact with the Punjab Government and, as is always the case, it will receive guidance from them in regard to allowing spectators to watch the last four matches at the Gaddafi Stadium. An announcement on this will be made in due course” PCB stated in a release.
Last Leg of PSL 5 To be Played
The two semi-finals and the final are the only games remaining in PSL 5. Now with the tournament being postponed, the PCB is yet to announce as to when will these matches be played out.
Replacement for the players will be allowed in PSL 5 as per the tournament regulations which has 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” the PCB said in a further statement.