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Nine Foreign Players Leaving PSL Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

Nine Foreign Players Leaving PSL Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
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Nine foreign cricketers are leaving PSL on Friday while the league will continue as scheduled. The CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the news in the official media release.

Nine players returning home

England players Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Tymal Mills, Liam Dawson, Liam Livingstone, Lewis Gregory, James Vince, West Indian Carlos Braithwaite, South African Rilee Roussouw and James Foster (Coach) will be returning home from the PSL as informed by the board. The PCB is giving options to the players to withdraw themselves from the league in the wake of coronavirus threat. The CEO Wasim Khans said, “What is paramount is we are giving options to all the players and support personnel to withdraw from the league if they want too as ensuring they feel comfortable remains top priority of the PCB.”

Khan further added that the team owners were already informed about the permission granted to the foreign players. The franchises are allowed to replace overseas players with local players and officials.

PSL without crowd

“As of now, it is important to emphasise and clarify that the main concern of many of the 10 players and coach (who are returning home) revolves around avoiding a potential situation where they might become stranded due to flight cancellations or border closures in their own countries.”

The media release by the PCB informed that only accredited personnel would be allowed in the stadium during the remaining leg of the league. “The remaining matches in Karachi will be held as per earlier decision without crowds and only accredited personnel would be allowed inside the stadium.”

On Thursday the PCB already had decided to host the remaining league matches without crowd. On Friday speaking about the same the CEO said, “We will continue to assess and review the situation. And will not hesitate to make what we believe are the right decisions for everyone involved,” Khan added.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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