Pakistan Super League is SUSPENDED after seven positive coronavirus tests are recorded, including English duo Tom Banton and Lewis GregoryThe 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 has been postponed indefinitely after six players and a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Thursday.
The PCB said in a statement that the decision was taken after a meeting with owners of six clubs.
‘The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants,’ the cricket board said, adding that it will also make arrangements of further COVID-19 testing and will also assist in providing isolation facilities.
Tom Banton is among the seven players to have tested positive for coronavirus in Pakistan
Earlier on Thursday, the tally of infected individuals in the PSL rose to seven after three more unnamed cricketers from two clubs tested positive for COVID-19.
England and Somerset duo Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory are among those players infected. Banton took to Twitter this week to reassure those back home of his condition after being forced into self-isolation.
‘Thanks a lot for all the messages and well wishes. Unfortunately, I received a positive Covid-19 test, and I am now isolating and following the PSL protocols,’ wrote Banton, who plays for the Quetta Gladiators.
‘Fortunately, I am feeling OK so far and I have been well looked after by the PCB and Quetta Gladiators. Thanks for the support, look after yourselves and stay safe.’
Islamabad United’s English star Lewis Gregory (centre) has also contracted the virus
One of his team-mates, however, is in a more worrying situation. Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, has required medical attention after experiencing more serious symptoms.
Gregory is playing for Islamabad United in the tournament. Both English players were forced to miss their sides clash on Monday.
Under PSL regulations, matches were only to be cancelled if five members out of a squad of 18 test positive. However, the current outbreak has forced those in charge to take more drastic measures.
Gregory’s team-mate, Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, has tested positive, too
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