Twelve Pakistani cricketers find themselves stuck in Sri Lanka

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, most of the international flights have been on suspension for a while now.  Meanwhile, a group of Pakistani first-class cricketers has now got stuck in Sri Lanka because of sudden lockdown.Former Pakistan cricketer Zafar Sarfaraz dies of coronavirus

The players went to Colombo around December to participate in some first-class and one-day games, making them eligible to sign work permits to play league cricket in the UK.

Azhar Attari one of the players of the group confirmed on the phone that they were still in Colombo waiting to fly back to Pakistan. The prominent first-class cricketer emphasized the necessity to play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka emerged after the Pakistan Cricket Board terminated the role of departmental teams in domestic cricket with just six provincial teams playing first-class cricket, reducing possibilities.

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Another cricketer Abid Hasan who is also among those players who are stuck in Sri Lanka at the moment, said they are regularly in touch with the Pakistan High Commission to travel back home even on chartered flights as their cash had run out after having to stay inside for so long due to the lockdown in Colombo and its outskirts.

“They relaxed the lockdown for a few hours but yesterday again imposed a 24-hour lockdown due to a spike in cases,” he said.

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