PSL 2020 knockouts postponed amid Coronavirus outbreak
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has become cricket’s latest casualty as the dreaded COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) continues to worsen across several countries. Having played several of the last leg league games at the National Stadium in Karachi, in a closed stadium, the PSL organisers took the call to postpone the final stages of the tournament (the two semi-finals which were scheduled to be held on March 17 and the final, on March 18), to be hosted in Lahore, with immediate effect.
Multan Sultans were supposed to play Peshawar Zalmi in the first semi-final while Karachi Kings were due to feature against Lahore Qalanders in the second game. Pakistan Cricket Board made the announcement that the tournament has been postponed for now and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The sporting world has taken several hits after COVID19 was declared as a ‘pandemic’ with several nations joining hands in cancelling events with immediate effect. Cricket hasn’t been spared either with India postponing an ongoing bilateral series with South Africa and pushing the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) by 18 days, from March 29 to April 15. The domestic season of several countries, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, was brought to a premature end while England are left pondering about the start of their domestic season in May, 2020.