Overseas players including the likes of Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Alex Hales and others will not take any further part in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
Multan Sultans’ duo of James Vince and Rilee Rossouw while Tymal Mills and Jason Roy will also head back home. The reason for players pulling out is mainly because they won't get stranded because of the cancellation of flights and closures of borders over coronavirus fears.
However, the league will continue to go on as planned and today's match between Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans will go on behind closed doors.
“As of now, it is important to emphasise and clarify that the main concern of many of the 10 players and a coach, who have chosen to return home, revolves around avoiding a potential situation where they might become stranded either due to flight cancellations or border closures in their own countries,” said PCB Chief Executive, Wasim Khan, in a statement.
“The PCB will facilitate their safe return and will ensure the same for all of the players and support staff personnel who decide to withdraw from HBL PSL 2020.”
The press release further added that there had been no discussion with regards to the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament as well as the remaining matches of the Bangladesh tour of Pakistan.
Karachi Kings – Alex Hales
Multan Sultans – Rilee Rossouw and James Vince
Peshawar Zalmi – Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, James Foster (coach), Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone
Quetta Gladiators – Jason Roy and Tymal Mills