Karachi Kings’ owner Salman Iqbal revealed how Alex Hales’ messages caused distressed in the camp of the team amidst the closing days of the Pakistan Super League. PCB was forced to call off the knock-out stages of the game after Alex Hales reported suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
However, later reports cleared Hales and the rest of the team. But the distressed caused by Hales’ messages forced PCB to take the action.
"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," Salman said.
"I then got a call from coach Dean Jones (Kings' head coach) saying he wanted to meet straight away," Salman added. "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."
"In the end, we had to get everyone in the team tested. All of them started panicking and we postponed the tournament the next day.", Salman concluded.
PCB has postponed PSL until further notice. It was earlier reported that if the tournament fails to take place, PCB might give the trophy to the table-toppers, Multan Sultans. However, later news confirmed that PCB is still planning to host the tournament by the end of this year or before the next PSL.