PSL POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Who could have imagined today’s scary situation that a virus that spawned from a wet market of Wuhan, China where wild animals were sold for food, would terrify the world as an unseen enemy by taking lives daily and putting the global population at potential risk? Yes, it’s a chilling reality now.
Exuberant crowds that enthralled PSL matches earlier were debarred on account of precautionary measures. The pandemic has infiltrated our borders and authorities have no choice except to clampdown on all kinds of social gatherings and try to restrict the outbreak. Prior to PSL, major sports tournaments across the world had to cancel matches for the indefinite time period as an effort to contain the infection. Later PSL schedule was shortened and playoffs went without crowds in the stadium. Finally, when semifinals and the final were left to be played, the government canceled the tournament without giving any future timeline. In the wake of Corona Virus fears, the remaining tour of Bangladesh has also been postponed.
The semi-finals between Multan Sultan vs. Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings vs. Lahore Qalandars scheduled to be played on Tuesday and final on Wednesday called off for now.
Former cricketers have agreed with PCB’s decision to halt the tournament as it had already lost its charm. The first edition of PSL that was being played completely in Pakistan, unfortunately, couldn’t have a celebratory end. When the remaining matches will be played, no one can speculate at this stage of time when Corona’s frightening chain of events has just begun.