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Pakistan Super League is SUSPENDED after seven positive coronavirus tests


Pakistan Super League is SUSPENDED after seven positive coronavirus tests are recorded, including English duo Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory

  • The Pakistan Super League has been suspended indefinitely as of Thursday 
  • A coronavirus outbreak has seen six players and one staff member test positive 
  • English pair Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory are among those to catch the virus 

The Pakistan Super League was postponed indefinitely on Thursday after a further three unnamed players tested positive for Covid-19.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Somerset’s England duo Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton plus a local coach followed Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed in contracting the virus inside a tournament ‘bubble’ that appeared to have been breached by outsiders coming and going at the Karachi hotel housing all six squads and support staff.

A ‘trickle effect’ as Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan called it, took the confirmed number of infections to seven and led to a Twenty20 tournament featuring 13 English players being terminated. 

Tom Banton is among the seven positive coronavirus tests in the Pakistan Super League

Tom Banton is among the seven positive coronavirus tests in the Pakistan Super League

‘It was a great disappointment that we found ourselves in a situation where neither us nor others were able to provide what we need to provide – and that is the full protection of players,’ Khan said.

‘The health and well-being of all the players comes first and foremost – above anything else.’

The PCB met with franchise owners on Thursday, 24 hours after upping their biosecurity protocols, but although they considered a five-day delay, Khan said there was a ‘strong consensus that it was untenable to continue.’

Arrangements were being made for overseas players to return home, although Gregory and Banton must complete their 10 days of self-isolation and test negative first, meaning they will not travel until after March 10, and will then be required to quarantine upon arrival here before joining pre-season training in Taunton.

The PCB have vowed to find a window to complete the final 20 of the 34 scheduled matches, although that will be easier said than done in an international calendar that features a Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes at its back end. 

Islamabad United's English star Lewis Gregory (centre) has also contracted the virus

Islamabad United’s English star Lewis Gregory (centre) has also contracted the virus



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