Steyn, Roy among 15 foreign players leave PSL over coronavirus fears

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Mohammad Osama

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Journalist, working as a Digital Content Writer at The News Vision. Also a member of Sports Journalist Association of Sindh. Covering mostly Sports Desk news is my specialized area.
Mohammad Osama

KARACHI: Some of the foreign players participating in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-5) have decided to not take further part in the tournament and return to their country as a precautionary measure amid the threat of coronavirus outbreak.

According to details, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that all players participating in the PSL have been given the option to pull out of the mega event amid growing fears of the coronavirus.

While talking to media, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said that the board management and owners of PSL franchises held a meeting and decided in principle to allow players to opt out of matches if they desired so. He said the situation is regularly evolving and the PCB will monitor it regularly and make announcements accordingly.

The official statement said those foreign players who have confirmed going back home include: Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory, Tom Banton and Liam Livingstone from Peshawar Zalmi; Alex Hales and Chris Jordan from Karachi Kings; Rilee Rossouw and James Vince from Multan Sultans; Dale Steyn, Luke Ronchi, David Malan and Colin Munro from Islamabad United and Jason Roy and Tymal Mills from Quetta Gladiators.

However, Lahore Qalanders foreign players have not yet made any request to leave for home.

Wasim Khan clarified that the foreign players who have opted to go home have done it purely as a precautionary measure to avoid being stranded due to potential suspension of flight operations or any other restriction which may come in shape of coronavirus emergency. He said the PCB will facilitate all the participating players in their decisions and will take all the necessary decisions if needed.

 

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