Last Update on: March 16th, 2020 at 11:49 am
All-rounder David Wiese becomes the latest foreign player to leave the Pakistan Super League (PSL) midway amid the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). David left Pakistan on Monday morning, and will not play any part in his team’s semi-final on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old helped Lahore Qalandars reach the semifinals of PSL 2020. But he has decided to return to South Africa, as coronavirus takes a toll in the country.
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David Wiese leaves PSL 2020 early, pens a heartfelt note for fans:
The South African all-rounder took to Twitter on Sunday and penned a formal goodbye note for the Qalandars fans.
David tweeted, “It’s been an amazing experience playing for Lahore Qalandars in this years PSL 2020 Unfortunately this is the end of the tournament for me but I would like to thank each and every Qalander fan for all ur support!I’ve really enjoyed my time in Pakistan and hope to be back soon!”
It’s been an amazing experience playing for @lahoreqalandars in this years @thePSLt20
Unfortunately this is the end of the tournament for me but I would like to thank each and every Qalander fan for all ur support!I’ve teally enjoyed my time in Pakistan and hope to be back soon! pic.twitter.com/2bMzHQmGjU
— David Wiese (@David_Wiese) March 15, 2020
Apart from David, Phil Salt too announced that he will leave the PSL early, on Twitter on Sunday.
Foreign players were given the option of returning home early, amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. This led to an exodus of players opting to leave the PSL 2020 midway through the season.
Meanwhile, other Sussex players such as Ravi Bopara and Chris Jordan have opted to stay put in Pakistan and will take to the field, when Multan Sultans play the Peshwar Zalmi in the first semifinal on Tuesday, at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
David Wiese played a quintessential role for Lahore Qalandars
Karachi Kings will take on the Lahore Qalandars later in the day, at the same venue. Both the semifinals and the final, scheduled for Wednesday, will be played behind closed doors.
Initially, the PSL 2020 was due to have an Indian Premier League (IPL) like playoff and eliminator format, but due to fears regarding coronavirus two conventional semifinals were put in place as the final too, was brought forward by four days.