Question marks on the future of the playoffs of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that have been terminated due to the Coronavirus and franchise disputes over the winner of the league.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to terminate the league due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus globally but the league was terminated before the semi-finals and finals were held in view of the worsening situation.
The absence of the final matches has led to a question mark regarding the winner of the league as the current situation makes it difficult to hold matches for the next few months.
Due to the virus, the tour of Bangladesh to Pakistan, as well as the National One-Day Cup, have been postponed indefinitely.
The absence of a decision on the winner of the league has created a new challenge for the Pakistan Cricket Board, where the franchise owners have a disagreement with regard to the procedure for deciding the winner.
Under the rules of the Pakistan Super League, if the tournament cannot be completed for any reason, the top team at the points table in the round matches will be declared the winner.
In the league round, Multan Sultans led the team with 14 points while Karachi Kings were second, Lahore Qalandars third and Peshawar Zalmi fourth.
If the outbreak is overcome, then the Pakistan Cricket Board can hold the remaining three matches of the league at a reasonable time and if the situation improves, these matches can be held in November but before the event, the players and The consensus of all stakeholders, including the franchise, will be a major challenge for the board.
The Multan Sultans believe that they should be declared winners
Multan Sultans bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed believes his franchise, which has 14 points in 10 league games, should be declared a winner.
Talking to the Press Trust of India, he said that the fifth edition of the PSL should have a proper ending and could be done by declaring the top team winner on the points table.
He said if that is not the case and if the PCB decides to re-hold the remaining four matches then it is likely to hurt the next edition.
Multan Sultans owner Alamgir Tareen advised PCB not to hold the remaining matches of the fifth edition of PSL and declare the winner according to the current situation.
He said that there was no talk of this with our PSL management yet
Whether or not they will reschedule the remaining matches of the event and if and when they do.
The world-renowned expressed his reservations, saying that even if a suitable time is available to hold matches, it is not certain which players will be willing to participate in the matches.
However, unlike the Multan Sultans, the other three franchises that made it to the playoffs emphasized holding the remaining matches.