Foreign coach, players leave PSL; final brought forward to March 18
Peshawar Zalmi coach James Foster along with 10 other foreign cricketers have decided not to take any further part in the ongoing fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The foreigners have also decided to leave the country as soon as possible, with the threats of being stuck abroad looming on the horizone.
Among the players, 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), have left the tournament.
In an official statement, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) clarified that all the players and support personnel have been given option to leave the tournament with immediate effect.
“All players and players support personnel have been given the option to withdraw from the HBL PSL 2020 should they wish to do so,” said the statement.
However the board have sticks to the decision of going ahead as scheduled with matches being played behind the closed doors.
Earlier on Thursday it was announced that the upcoming Pakistan Super League games starting from Friday in Karachi will be played in front of empty stands at the National Stadium. The decision came after advice from the Sindh Government.
Meanwhile, the play-offs of the tournament have been condensed to just two semi-finals and a final, with the final brought forward from 22 March to 18 March.