The Coronavirus outbreak has struck yet another blow as the last of the remaining high profile cricket series going around, i.e the PSL. Finally the PCB acted and decided to call off the knockout stages of the PSL.
It’s not like before this announcement the Coronavirus hadn’t affected the PSL in any way, shape or form as it was already decided by the authorities that the matches would be played behind closed doors. Additionally, the format of the knockouts was also tinkered with to make the tournament shorter in duration. Instead of the IPL style play-off system, PSL was going to have the traditional semifinals and final format where both the semifinals were to be played on the same day.
That wasn’t the only change that took place as there were lots of foreign players including big ticket ones like Chris Lynn and Tom Banton who had already decided to leave Pakistan and return home as the lockdown in their respective countries would have otherwise made it impossible for them to return home.
One’s heart does go out to the fans of the PSL as this was the first time that the entire tournament was going to be played in Pakistan in front of the home fans. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry and there is nothing more important than the health of the athletes and crowds and one can’t help but think that in the prevailing conditions this was the most sensible move to make.
What do you guys think? Should the PSL have gone ahead with the knockouts?
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