Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tried all it could to get the Pakistan Super League (PSL) completed amid the coronavirus outbreak. While cricket bodies across the world were busy postponing their series, the PCB decided otherwise. At first, it held the games behind closed doors.
The board further cut short the tournament by four days and decided to replace the playoffs by semifinals. But on the day of the semifinals (March 17), the PCB had to call off the PSL as cases of coronavirus increased in the country. Both the semifinals were scheduled to take place on March 17 while the final was scheduled to the very next day.
But the deadly outbreak compelled the PCB to postpone the tournament for the time being. And failing to conduct those last three games have cost PCB a whopping amount of Pakistani Rs 200 million, according to PCB CEO Wasim Khan.
“Look we are facing the toughest days in sports where no one is sure as what would happen next. The coronavirus has forced sports organisers to postpone, cancel or and abruptly stop the ongoing event,” Khan told the journalists through video-conferencing.
“After careful assessment of the situation, we also decided to postpone the PSL-V just before the start of the semi-finals. We are expecting a loss of around Rs 200 million from gate money and other support earning. We also lost the series against Bangladesh because of the threats of virus-a further loss of around three to four million dollar is expected from not hosting Bangladesh for Test and one off one-day. It is a global crises not only for sports but for every segment of society,” he added.
The likes of India, England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand and all the other cricket countries have not only called-off their international fixtures but also the domestic games. Earlier this month, the BCCI had also suspended the IPL till April 15 before postponing the ODI series against South Africa.