Earlier this year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was forced to postpone the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after there was a rapid increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases among the players and support staff. The tournament was halted for an indefinite period in March after hosting just 14 matches. However, PCB has decided to resume the league from June 1 and conduct the remaining PSL matches.
Initially, the plan was to host the remaining PSL matches at the National Stadium in Karachi. However, the Pakistan board has now approached the Emirates Cricket Board for conducting the tournament in the United Arab Emirates owing to an increase in Covid-19 cases in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the decision of hosting the remaining PSL matches in June hasn’t gone well with the former Pakistan cricket team captain and coach, Javed Miandad. Javed slammed PCB for even approaching the ECB as he is of the view that instead of playing cricket, more focus should be on saving lives and helping the country amidst the pandemic.
"This is not the time to play cricket, it is the time to save lives. In these times of crisis, we should be more focused on saving lives rather than playing cricket," Miandad was quoted as saying by CricketPakistan.com.pk.
The former captain further gave the example of the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saying that the authorities shouldn’t take the big risk of conducting the league just for their financial gains.
"The whole world has been affected by the coronavirus. India, where the world cup was supposed to take place, is also severely affected by the pandemic. They are risking the lives of several individuals for their financial gains. If it was in my hands, I would not take the big risk of organizing the remaining PSL matches. If they hold this event and face problems, then who will be responsible?" Javed concluded.