Cricket Predictions: Will PSL 2020 semis & final be played at all?
Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium was set to host both the Pakistan Super League semi-finals on the same day and the final on the next day, but after Alex Hales reported symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus, the PSL was suspended with immediate effect after an emergency meeting between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the franchise owners.
After as many as 14 overseas players decided to return to their country including Colin Munro, Dawid Malan, Luke Ronchi, Dale Steyn from Islamabad United; Alex Hales from Karachi Kings, Rilee Rossouw and James Vince from Multan Sultans; Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, James Foster (coach), Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone from Peshawar Zalmi and Jason Roy and Tymal Mills from Quetta Gladiators, the tournament was being played behind closed doors.
But, with the calendar packed later in the year - not least the T20 World Cup set to be played in October-November and other leagues waiting for the situation to get better, it will be next to impossible for the PCB and the franchises to assemble the players at one point. They might not be fortunate enough to find an opening in the calendar.
The only resort for them then would be to go ahead with the knockouts with local players only. Or, they can declare Multan Sultans - the current table toppers - the champions as is common practice.
Postponed Semi Final Fixtures
Multan Sultans V Peshawar Zalmi - 1st Semi-final, Lahore
Karachi Kings V Lahore Qalandars - 2nd Semi-final, Lahore
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