Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan said that the postponement of the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) is “everyone’s loss.”
While talking in a press conference the CEO said,
“It’s a very challenging day for us. It’s a difficult day for all the fans, players and stakeholders involved.”
The officials of the PCB said they will resume the tournament at a later stage as health and player’s safety is their main concern.
“We will be looking at other windows and hope to play the event at later time. We will find a window and we will finish those matches,”
“It’s a great disappointment for us that we have found ourselves in a situation where neither we nor all others are able to provide what we need to provide and that is full protection to players. Health and well-being of players comes first and foremost, above anything else.”
We are “carefully” and “slowly” exiting the players from the environment so they can safely travel back to wherever they need to. Wasim added.
He further added to his statement that,
“Any environment can only work if everyone is on same page. This is not about blaming anybody; this is ultimately about Pakistan cricket. It’s everyone loss!”
“We did what we possibly could but with any SOPs in a bio-secure bubble, it takes partnerships, it takes discipline and takes self-policing and I think these are all important factors for all of us to remember,”
Earlier today, Lahore Qalandars’ CEO Atif Rana blamed the PCB for the mismanagement of PSL six, saying that the franchises were skeptical of the league’s staging from the start but the Board still went ahead.
“There are a lot of emotions at the moment, franchises have invested a lot of money, and everyone has invested a lot of time. We fully expect that [the reaction]” Wasim said in response to franchise owners blaming the PCB.