Mohammed Amir on PSL 6’s postponement.  |  Photo Credit: AP
- The 6th edition of the Pakistan Super League was postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the different camps
- Tom Banton and Fawad Ahmed were among top players who tested positive for the infection
- As per Mohammed Amir, there was only a wooden stand to separate people using lifts
For the second consecutive year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was forced to postpone the Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to COVID-19. Last year, the league was postponed after Alex Hales showed symptoms of COVID-19. This time, at least 7 COVID-19 cases were confirmed and the increase in the cases led to the apex board postponing the tournament.
There were already two bio-bubble breaches even before the start of PSL 6 and the board was criticised for it. Reacting to the PSL’s postponement, former Pakistan pacer Mohammed Amir has also taken a dig at the board and revealed that there was only a wooden stand to separate people using different lifts.
Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Amir also said that the outsiders shouldn’t have been allowed inside the hotel. “There were two lifts at the hotel, one for players and other for the rest of the visitors. There was a wooden stand to separate the two but the people using the lifts could still talk and see each other. Covid would not run away after seeing that piece of wood,” he said.
“Outsiders should not have been allowed at the hotel and the staff should have stayed in the bubble throughout the event.”
“I played at the T10 League and the Lanka Premier League (LPL) where the hotel was fully booked for the players and no outsiders were allowed. Every team had their separate lifts and teams were restricted to their designated floors,” Amir said while talking about his bio-bubble experience while playing the Lanka Premier League.
“Each team had their separate gym and pool sessions. After one team had used the gym the other had to wait for 20 minutes so that the area could be sanitized properly,” he added.
The 7 COVID-19 cases also included a coach of one of the teams. Tom Banton and Fawad Ahmed are two well-known players who were among people who contracted the virus.
As per the latest update, the remaining matches of PSL 6 will be played between the 43-day window which Pakistan have from mid-May to the final week of June. The tournament will only start in June.
Last year as well, PCB had to stage the tournament in two parts. The second-round matches of PSL 5 were staged after the completion of IPL 2020, played in UAE.