As many as 10 foreign players have withdrawn from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) following the offer of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the Coronavirus cases have surfaced in Pakistan, and around the world.
A spokesman for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that foreign players have been given options by the board that they can withdraw from the tournament if they wish.
He also said that we are currently investigating the situation and are in touch with all the franchisees as soon as any matter comes up and it will be made available to the media.
According to reports, PCB officials met with foreign players and briefed them about the spread of Coronavirus worldwide, the precautionary measures and measures taken in this regard.
The PCB, however, said that the PSL was on schedule and today's match is also being held.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that 10 foreign players have so far announced not to participate in the matches of the Pakistan Super League and their names are listed below.
Liam Livingstone, Liam Dawson, Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Lewis Gregory and James Foster (coaches).
RILEE ROSSOUW and James Vince
Jason Roye and Time Mills
Under the rules of the league, all teams will be allowed to include players in their respective teams, which will be approved by the event's technical committee.
The Pakistan Cricket Board says that they will continue to review the situation and make appropriate decisions after consulting the team owners.
It should be noted that the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League began on February 20 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
A day earlier, the government had announced that matches to be played at the National Stadium in Karachi without fans because of the danger of spreading the Sindh Coronavirus.
It is also to be noted that 21 cases of the virus have been reported in Pakistan so far, with a maximum of 15 cases belonging to the provincial capital Karachi.
Last year, the outbreak of the Chinese city of Wuhan reached 119 countries in the world, and so far, the virus has glowed over 4,700 human lives and affected more than 30,000 people.
Due to such a rapid spread of the virus, it has been declared a global outbreak by the World Health Organization.
In addition, extraordinary measures have been taken to prevent its spread to many countries around the world, including the closure of travel bans, educational institutions, and even lock down cities.
The global economy, on the other hand, has also been badly affected by the virus, and major stock markets around the world are in crisis due to the effects and uncertainty of the virus.