As almost half of the world is in the state of lockdown due to the spread of global pandemic Coronavirus, sports industry got a significant hit due to the cancellation of many high-profile events.
Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed, and Pakistan Super League (PSL) postponed its play-off matches to avoid the spread of the global pandemic. However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hold remaining matches of PSL in November if conditions improved.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan said, “But we have to first sit down and discuss the situation with all the franchise owners because they are also suggestions that Multan Sultans which topped the points table should be declared winners or to have these remaining matches before the PSL-6 early next year.”
He remarked, “The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the entire world and sports globally. In this crisis time at present, we have money and are not facing any financial crisis. Approximately our losses are around 200 million rupees due to loss of gate money and some sponsorship revenues.”
Pakistan suffered another revenue loss along with PSL cancellation losses due to the shifting ODI and Test series against Bangladesh which were to be held in April due global crisis. Pakistan is scheduled to tour Ireland, Netherlands and England in June.
Pakistan will play a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands and two-match T20I series against Ireland before three-match Test series and three-match T20I series against England.
However, things will depend on how conditions will improve after the threat of biological apocalypse in the world. Khan remarked, “But everything will depend now on how this coronavirus situation develops. It is a big challenge for all sports and sports world bodies, including cricket.”
Pakistan is in critical condition nowadays due to pandemic. As of 23 March, the number of confirmed cases in the country is 972 and seven deaths. Pakistan is the state of lockdown to combat the spread of the global pandemic.