PSL 2021 suspended
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In a major setback for Pakistan cricket , the Pakistan Super League ( PSL) for 2021 had to be postponed indefinitely due to outbreak of more covid 19 cases in the event .
At least 7 players are reported to be covid positive in the tournament leaving the organisers with no other alternative but to call off the event after only 14 of the 34 matches were completed.
Fawad Alam of Peshawar Zalmi was reported to be covid positive and later it transpired that another overseas player, Tom Banton was also covid infected.
While the blame game is going on between the 6 franchisees and the PCB ( Pakistan Cricket Board), Wasim Khan, the PCB chief called for collective responsibility for the failure of the bio bubble and now the biggest issue is of the health and well being of the players & staff.
It has come to light that few franchisees, especially Peshawar Zalmi & Karachi Kings had lacked the discipline of adhering to the strict regulations of the all-important bio bubbles as there had been visitors into their bubbles. The coach and captain of Zalmi had reportedly breached the bubble to meet the team owner.
The Indefinite postponement is another big blow to PCB as only a decade back in 2009 there was that famous terrorist attack on Srilankan team , jeropardising international tours to Pakistan for 10 years. Now that international cricket has started to be played on Pakistan soil more recently without any issues, it was all the more important, that PSL is played through without any hiccups .
However , the latest developments as it has unfolded , is a big blow to PCB .