English batsman Alex Hales, who played for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan super league fifth edition, sent message to Karachi Kings owner at 2am which has lead to cause panic and the event were postponed.
The franchise owner has revealed in an interview with BBC that Alex Hales texted him and told him hat he had showing symptoms of COVID-19.
He was quoted as saying by BBC “It was two o’clock in the morning in Pakistan and we had a message from Alex Hales saying: ‘Boss, I have symptoms of COVID-19 and I think you should all get tested.”
He added that then he got a call from coach Dean Jones saying he wanted to meet him immediately.
He said “We were all scared. If you have the symptoms, you have to be isolated. I was trying hard to get somebody to Birmingham to get Hales tested. I even asked if my doctor from London would go to him but it couldn’t happen.”
On March 17, Fifth Edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) called off as the coronavirus pandemic starts taking a toll on Pakistan.
The news confirmed on PSL’s official Twitter page and added that matches will rescheduled for a later date.
Both semifinals set to take place today while the final scheduled for tomorrow.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT#HBLPSLV postponed, to be rescheduled. More details to follow in due course.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 17, 2020
Multan Sultans would have locked horns against Peshawar Zalmi in the first semifinal followed by second semifinal between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings.
The cancellation further increased a growing list of cricket fixtures postponed or called off in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.