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Coronavirus Effects In Top Cricket Events

COVID-19 or coronavirus has massively affected daily life globally. While sports have now become the regular part of the sports fans’ life, the fans are also sad in the present moment as most of the global sports have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Similarly, cricket has also affected in the present situation. Many crucial cricket events have directly affected due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Men’s internationals

2020 Interport T20I Series (Malaysia tour of Hong Kong) – Postponed the original schedule, but completed later in Malaysia

According to the initial schedule, the hosts Hong Kong and the visitors Malaysia had to play the five-match T20I series in Mong Kok between 18th and 22nd February 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it was cancelled. Later, the series was rescheduled from 20th to 26th February 2020, but this time Hong Kong toured in Malaysia. All the matches were played in Kuala Lumpur where the hosts Malaysia won the series by the 5-0 margin.

2020 ACC Eastern Region T20 (in Thailand) – China, Bhutan and Myanmar withdrew

The 2020 ACC Eastern Region T20 was scheduled from 29th February to 6th March 2020. The tournament was organised as a first qualifying stage for the 2020 Asia Cup. Though the tournament was hosted successfully by Thailand as Singapore finished as the champions, China, Bhutan and Myanmar withdrew their participation from the tournament due to the coronavirus outbreak. Apart from the hosts Thailand and the winners Singapore, the other participating teams were Hong Kong, Malaysia and Nepal.

South Africa tour of India in 2019/20: ODI series – Postponed after the first game

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It was the three-match ODI schedule between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa from 12th March to 18th March 2020. The opening match of this series was abandoned due to the rain washout in Dharamsala. Initially, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to continue this series behind the closed doors according to the advice of Sports Ministry. However, later, the board decided to postpone the last two ODIs of this series.

2019/20 Chappell–Hadlee Trophy (New Zealand tour of Australia for ODI series) – Postponed after the first game

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The three-match ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was scheduled to be played between 13th and 20th March 2020. Though the first match was played successfully behind the closed door (Australia won by 71 runs), the next two games have been postponed.

England tour of Sri Lanka in 2019/20: Test Series – Postponed

The hosts Sri Lanka had the schedule of the two-match Test series against England that would run between 19th March and 31st March 2020. But during the last tour match for England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to postpone the series.

Mujib 100 T20 Cup Bangladesh 2020 – Postponed

In the celebration of birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) planned to organise two special T20Is between Asia XI and World XI on 21st and 22nd March 2020. But due to coronavirus outbreak, this series has been postponed.

Australia tour of New Zealand in 2019/20: T20I series – Postponed

According to the initial plan, Australia will play the three-match T20I series against the hosts New Zealand from 24th to 29th March 2020. However, the coronavirus outbreak has cancelled this series too.

2020 United States Tri-Nation Series: ODI series – Postponed

The hosts USA had the plan to play the triangular ODI series with the UAE and Scotland from 1st to 8th April 2020. This 2020 United States Tri-Nation Series is the part of the 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, which is the initial round of the qualification pathway to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions have been come out, and it has forced to postpone this series.

2020 ACA Africa T20 Cup Finals (in Kenya) – Postponed

A total of eight teams had to participate in the 2020 ACA Africa T20 Cup Finals in Kenya which was initially scheduled from 22nd March to 27th March 2020. The participating teams were Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. However, coronavirus has overpowered in this battle too.

The Netherlands tour of Namibia in 2019/20: ODI and T20I series – Postponed

In this tour, the Netherlands had the plan the play four-match T20I series and two-match ODI series against the hosts Namibia from 25th March to 1st April 2020. But it has also been postponed in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Bangladesh tour of Pakistan in 2019/20: One-off ODI and Second Test – Postponed

National Stadium (Karachi) had the plan to host the only ODI between the hosts Pakistan and the visitors Bangladesh on 1st April 2020. Later, the second and final Test of the two-match Test series (the first Test was already played) was planned to be played from 5th April at the same venue. However, both of the matches have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ireland tour of Zimbabwe in 2019/20: ODI and T20I series – Postponed

According to the initial plan, the hosts Zimbabwe would play three-match ODI and three-match T20I series against Ireland from 2nd April to 12th April 2020. But the coronavirus outbreak has forced to postpone this international series.

 

Women’s internationals

Australia women’s tour of South Africa in 2019/20: WODI and WT20I series – Postponed

In this tour, Australia Women had the schedule to play the three-match WODI series and three-match WT20I series against the hosts South Africa Women from 22nd March to 4th April 2020. The WODI series was the part of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship, which is the part of the direct qualification process to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. The entire tour has been postponed after the coronavirus outbreak.

2020 Thailand Women’s Quadrangular Series: WODI series – Postponed

Apart from the hosts Thailand Women, the other three teams of this quadrangular WODI tournament were the Netherlands Women, Ireland Women and Zimbabwe Women. It was initially scheduled to be played between 3rd and 11th April 2020. However, this tournament was entirely called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Other major tournaments

PSL 2020 (in Pakistan) – Postponed the knock-out stages

It is the first time when Pakistan is hosting the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL 2020). The tournament started on 20th February, and it was originally scheduled to be ended on 22nd March 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the tournament has been rescheduled as the number of matches has been reduced from 34 to 33 (semi-finals replaced the first three playoffs) and the final of this tournament will be played now on 18th March 2020. While some foreign players and one coach have returned to the home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the entire later stage of the tournament is running behind the closed doors. But ultimately the entire knockout stages has been postponed.

Road Safety World Series 2020 (in Maharashtra, India) – Postponed in the middle of the tournament

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It was the inaugural edition of the Road Safety World Series which was initially planned to be held between 7th and 22nd March 2020 in Maharashtra. This tournament has been organised to create awareness about road safety. Five ICC Full Members were featuring in this tournament (India Legends, South Africa Legends, Sri Lanka Legends, Australia Legends and West Indies Legends) and their legendary international cricketers were serving for their respective sides.

After the first four matches, it was initially decided to be organised other remaining matches in the empty stadium. But ultimately the remaining matches have been postponed.

Everest Premier League 2020 (in Nepal) – Postponed

After the two reschedulings, the last planning was to organise the fourth edition of Everest Premier League (EPL) from 14th March to 28th March 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the tournament has been postponed again.

IPL 2020 (in India) – Postponed

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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was originally scheduled from 29th March to 24th May 2020. Initially, it was thought that the tournament would be run behind the closed door in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But due to unavailability of the foreign cricketers till 15th April due to the visa cancellation, the BCCI decided to postpone this tournament mid-April.

Over-50s Cricket World Cup 2020 (in South Africa) – Postponed

A total of 12 teams were participating in the Over-50s Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa while the tournament started on 11th March 2020 and the final match was scheduled on 24th March 2020. But on 15th March 2020, the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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PSL 2020: Chris Lynn’s Quickfire Hundred Propels Lahore Qalandars to Maiden Semi-Final

Australian cricketer Chris Lynn whose exploits we have seen in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Big Bash League (BBL) has now amazed with his 52-ball hundred in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In the ongoing PSL 2020, his whirlwind knock helped Lahore Qalandars to enter the maiden semi-final of the Twenty20 league.

On Sunday, Lynn scored unbeaten 113 runs off 55 balls against Multan Sultans. He was awarded as the Man of the Match for his brilliant show.

Moreover, in the past five editions, his century was the first by any Lahore Qalandars’ player.

Chris Lynn swatted the opposition with his batting pyrotechnics:

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Earlier, Sultans won the toss and opted to bat. The middle-order batsman Khushdil played a crucial knock of 70 runs off 29 balls which led the team to set the target of 189 runs.

However, The mammoth total looked short in front of Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman who were on song.

Chris Lynn took the time to set themselves but soon gained the pace. He played a mature knock and kept rotating the strike with Zaman and only went on to hit the boundaries on the loose deliveries.

The leg spinner Usman Qadir picked the wicket of Zaman, which became the sole wicket taken by the Multan Sultans. Although Zaman had set the game for his team, scoring 57 runs off 35 balls.

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Lynn went on to hit every bowler, especially Bilawal Bhatti and Ali Shafiq. He collected two or three boundaries in every over. Australian cricketer’s staggering innings included 12 fours and eight sixes. His century became the highest-ever individual score by a Lahore Qalandars’ player.

Thus, Qalandars won the game by nine wickets and entered the semi-finals where they will face Karachi Kings, who are positioned second at the points table.

While Sultans, who tops the points table as they have won six games out of ten, will fight against Peshawar Zalmi for the final berth. Both the semi-finals will be played on Tuesday (17th March).

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PSL 2020: 10 Foreign Players And A Coach Withdraw Their Names Amid Coronovirus Outbreak

As the threat of Coronavirus is increasing in Pakistan, 10 foreign players, as well as a coach, have decided to withdraw their name from the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020. All of these players have decided to leave the country while the move came after PCB decided to host the matches in Karachi where most cases have been recorded so far.

According to PTI, the majority number of positive COVID 19 cases have been recorded in Karachi, and the Sindh province with the total cases in Pakistan rises to 24 as on Thursday (12th March).

So far, in PSL, eight matches are still left to be played, including the final which will be played on 22nd March (Sunday). The matches left to be played are scheduled either in Lahore or in Karachi.

PCB promises safety of players:

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PCB has allowed the players to withdraw their names and has promised proper safety to all the players.

“All players and players support personnel has been given the option to withdraw from the HBL PSL 2020 should they wish to do so,” the Pakistan Cricket Board stated in a release.

“The PCB will continue to assess and monitor the situation and make decisions as appropriate in consultation with the team owners,” the release further stated.

Here are the names of players who will leave:

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Alex Hales (Karachi Kings), Rilee Rossouw and James Vince (Multan Sultans), Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone (Peshawar Zalmi), Jason Roy and Tymal Mills (Quetta Gladiators), have left the tournament. Also, James Foster, the coach of Peshawar Zalmi has withdrawn his name.

“As of now, it is important to emphasize and clarify that the main concern of many of the 10 players and a coach, who have chosen to return home, revolves around avoiding a potential situation where they might become stranded either due to flight cancellations or border closures in their own countries,” PCB said.

“The PCB will facilitate their safe return and will ensure the same for all of the players and support staff personnel who decide to withdraw from HBL PSL 2020.”

Meanwhile, the PCB has also proclaimed to organise the remaining matches in Karachi in empty stadiums for curbing the spread of the virus.

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Not Playing Cricket In Pakistan For Security Reasons Is Unfair: Moeen Ali

Test cricket has recently returned to Pakistan after ten years and nine months since the infamous Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus that claimed the lives of six policemen including two civilians, while also leaving the reserve umpire and seven Sri Lanka players wounded.

Pakistan celebrated the return of Test cricket after more than a decade as they played two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in last December which was part of the ongoing World Test Championship, and Pakistan won the Test series by 1-0. Though cricket returned to Pakistan, hardly very few nations like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh toured the country, and other nations have not shown interest to tour Pakistan yet due to security reasons.

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The BCCI official had earlier told that India have no problems with Pakistan hosting Asia Cup while also adding that India will only participate if the tournament is hosted in a neutral venue. Later, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed that Asia Cup would be hosted in a neutral venue.

Not playing in Pakistan for security reasons is unfair: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, a member of England’s World Cup-winning squad last year has claimed that it is an injustice not to play cricket in Pakistan for security reasons. Moeen Ali, who is well aware of what’s been happening in Pakistan, has highlighted that it is unfair to single out Pakistan on security grounds when no nation in the world is safe now.

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Moeen Ali added that judging the two-time World Cup hosts’ security reputation is unfair since no place on the planet is safe considering the rising crime rates. The 32-year-old Moeen Ali, who is a player of Pakistani descent, is in Pakistan to play for Multan Sultans in the PSL.

Speaking exclusively to The Cricketer, he said: “I think it (Pakistan’s security reputation) is a little bit unfair because you’re not safe anywhere. It can be the wrong place, wrong time. Even in England now, the crime rate’s massive. I just feel the perception you have from the outside is it’s not safe to go.

My counter-argument is it’s not safe anywhere, really. Yes, there are some places you might feel a bit safer but the security has been really impressive. We had the same thing in Bangladesh a few years ago when some guys didn’t go. It was brilliant.”

Pakistan is currently hosting Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020, and it is for the first time that the tourney is being held entirely on its soil.

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PSL Remaining League Matches In Karachi To Be Played In Front Of Empty Stadiums Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered sporting events across the globe. The infection has spread worldwide, which has led cricketing boards to take some major steps to prevent the spread of the virus. On Thursday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proclaimed that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches would be played in front of empty stadiums in Karachi from Friday.

So far, in PSL, eight matches are still left to be played, including the final which will be played on 22nd March (Sunday). The matches left to be played are scheduled either in Lahore or in Karachi.

According to PTI, the majority number of positive COVID 19 cases have been recorded in Karachi, and the Sindh province with the total cases in Pakistan rises to 24 as on Thursday.

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PSL to be played with no spectators:

“Following advice from the Sindh Government late Thursday afternoon, the Pakistan Cricket Board, has made a decision to stage the upcoming Karachi HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 matches in front of empty National Stadium,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

“The decision will be enforced from Friday, 13 March, while for the Thursday, 12 March, fixture, the PCB and the Sindh Government have strongly advised the spectators to continue to take all necessary precautionary measures (reproduced below).

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“The precautionary decision has been made to better protect the health and safety of the spectators, players, officials, and media.”

“The decision will not impact accredited commercial partners, media and other service providers, who will be allowed to enter the National Stadium. In addition, immediate families of the competing players and player support personnel, as well as franchise owners, will be allowed to attend matches.”

For the first time in PSL history, the entire league is being played in Pakistan. So, the decision might cost the board.

Indian Premier League can also follow the same rule:

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As the virus has also spread in different parts of India, the reports suggest that IPL 2020 might also be played with no spectators. The IPL 2020 is set to start from 29th March with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings playing the first match. However, after the Board meeting on 14th March, the fans will be clearly informed about the subject.

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Asia XI vs World XI: Why Pakistan Cricketers Are Not Part of Asia XI Squad?

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), on Tuesday, announced the squad of Asia XI and World XI for the two-match series which will be played on 18th and 21st March respectively. The much-awaited clash is being hosted by Bangladesh, to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation — Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Asia XI squad includes big names like Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Chirs Gayle, and many more. But no Pakistan’s cricketer is included in the squad.

Reason for Pakistan players’ exclusion:

It created confusion among fans as not a single name of Pakistani cricketer was not included in the much-awaited squad. There were speculations that the strained relationship between India and Pakistan is the sole reason that behind the Pakistani players’ absence from the Asia XI squad.

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Well, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given different reasons. The PCB could not send any of their players for the series between Asia XI and World XI because of the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The ongoing league will end on 22 March while Asia XI vs World XI ends on 21st March. Thus the PCB denied BCB’s request to send their players for the series.

“The T20Is between World XI and Asia XI were scheduled from March 16-20, while the PSL 2020 is likely to end on March 22. Since the dates of both the series couldn’t be changed, we offered our regrets to the BCB, both verbally and in writing, which they understood and accepted,” a PCB spokesperson had previously said.

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“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers.”

Asia XI Squad for face World XI :

KL Rahul (one game), Virat Kohli (TBD), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Mohd. Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Liton Das, T Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, T Perera, Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lasith Malinga, Mujeeb Ur Rehman. (Virat Kohli’s selection subject to confirmation)

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Fans in Lahore Want Team India to Play Bilateral Series in Pakistan

Currently, there is a buzz about India and Pakistan to play bilateral series. The talks started after Pakistan got the hosting rights of the Asia Cup 2020 while BCCI’s officials remained tight-lipped on their participation. Since then, politicians from both the countries as well as the former cricketers have kept their opinion on the subject. But the latest incident which has caught the eyes is that fans from Lahore were holding placards during the PSL clash, urging Team India to play bilateral series in Pakistan.

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On Saturday, a group of Pakistan cricket fans in Lahore held up a banner, requesting the Indian team to come and play cricket in Pakistan. During a PSL match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans, the spectators were posing with the banner written: “We Want India Here”.

Earlier, Pakistan’s former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has pointed on the relations between the two countries. He said that its high time for them to start playing the bilateral series.

However, his reaction came after former cricketer Yuvraj Singh said that the two rival nations should play the bilateral series to bring back the crowd in the stadium.

India and Pakistan last played the bilateral series in 2012-13:

India and Pakistan have last played the bilateral series in 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India to play three ODIs and two T20Is. Whereas, India last toured Pakistan in 2006.

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Since then, the tensions escalated between the two countries from time to time. Although, they haven’t played bilateral series, however, the two teams have competed in the ICC tournaments.

Lastly, in the ICC World Cup 2019, India and Pakistan fought in the league stages where the Men in Blue registered the victory.

Meanwhile, they will face each other in Australia during the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which will be played in October, later this year.

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HBL PSL 2020 to Carry Total Prize Money of Whopping US$1 Million

HBL Pakistan Super League 2020, the biggest cricket spectacle in Pakistan since the 2008 Asia Cup, will carry a total prize money of US$1million.

The winners of the 22 March final under Gaddafi Stadium lights will collect a cheque of U$500K along with a glittering and brand new trophy, while the runner-up will receive a cheque of US$200K.

In addition to the above, there will be a number of other cash awards, including U$4,500 each to all the 34 players of the matches. Furthermore, US$80K will be equally distributed to player of the tournament, best batsman, best bowler and Spirit of Cricket.

The remaining amount will be distributed for other match-related awards like best catch, best run-out and most sixes.

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The 34-match 32-day HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will be the biggest cricket extravaganza to take place in Pakistan and first since the six-team Asia Cup 2008. Twelve years ago, the then four Test-playing countries were joined by the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong in a 13-match tournament in Karachi and Lahore. Sri Lanka had defeated India in the final at the National Stadium by 100 runs.

Prior to this tournament, Pakistan had staged the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 1987 and 1996. In 1987, Pakistan had hosted 10 matches at seven venues, while 16 matches were played at six venues in 1996.

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Although a domestic tournament, the six-team HBL Pakistan Super League will be held across four venues with Karachi staging nine, Lahore 14, Rawalpindi eight and Multan three.

The opening match of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will be held between defending champions Quetta Gladiators and two-time former winners Islamabad United at the National Stadium and will commence at 9 pm following an attractive opening ceremony, which will begin at 6.45 pm.

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BCCI Twisted Facts Over Bangladesh T20Is That Mislead Pakistan Cricket Fans, Says PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been misleading the Pakistan fans and followers regarding the T20I series between Asia XI vs World XI in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be conducting two T20 matches in March 2020 in the honour of the birth centenary of ‘Bongobondhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh.

While the two T20 matches will be conducted between the Asia XI and World XI, there were reports that Pakistan cricketers were not given space in the Asia XI. Making the situation clear, PCB came forth and told the media that because of the HBL PSL dates clashing with the T20 matches conducted by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Pakistan would not be able to participate in those special matches.

The two matches, which are said to be given official status by the International Cricket Council (ICC), are scheduled for March 18 and 21 in Dhaka under the umbrella of BCB and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

PCB: ‘It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans’

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Denoting the statements passed by BCCI, PCB has said that the matter was discussed at an ACC meeting and the Pakistan board informed their Bangladesh counterpart about the situation. As per the reports in the Dawn, PCB informed that they are willing to allow its players as long as the dates could be changed to avoid the clash with the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020.

“The T20Is between World XI and Asia XI were scheduled from March 16-20, while the HBL PSL 2020 is likely to end on March 22. Since the dates of both the series couldn’t be changed, we offered our regrets to the BCB, both verbally and in writing, which they understood and accepted,” a PCB spokesperson said.

“It is unfortunate that the facts were twisted to mislead Pakistan cricket fans and followers,” he added.

BCCI informs there will be no Pakistan players in the Asia XI:

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On Thursday, the BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George told IANS that there would be no Pakistan cricketers in the Asia XI for the Bangladesh T20 series. He clearly stated that there would be no such situation where the nations could play together on the world stage.

“What we are aware of is that there will be no Pakistan players in the Asia XI. That is what the message is, so, there is no question of both countries coming together or picking one over the other. Sourav Ganguly will decide the five players who will be a part of the Asia XI,” he said.

On the other hand, the PCB chief Ehsan Mani had taken a dig at the Indian government for the current situations in the nation. He said that the current security situation in India is worse than that of Pakistan.

“We have proved Pakistan is safe, if someone isn’t coming then they should prove that it’s unsafe. At this time, India is a far greater security risk than Pakistan,” said Mani.

The PCB Chief denoted the home assignment against Sri Lanka as the proof of the security situations in Pakistan. Recently, Pakistan has successfully conducted a two-match Test series with Sri Lanka which they won by 1-0.

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Big Names Included In Platinum Category List Ahead Of PSL 2020 Draft

Pakistan is ready to host the entire 2020 edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). A total of 28 foreigners are in the Platinum Category list – the top category in the tournament. Many big names are in this list.

On last Wednesday (13th November), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the 28-member foreign players’ Platinum Category list. The revised salary cap of this list Pakistan Rupees 23-34 million (approx. US$147-218k).These players will participate in the upcoming players’ draft for the next PSL season.

Six South African players and seven English players are in the Platinum Category list in PSL 2020 players’ draft

Former South African star AB de Villiers has already pulled himself out from the PSL 2020 season. But six South African players have registered their names in the Platinum Category list. These six South African international players are Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.

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However, more numbers of English players have registered their names in the Platinum Category list than the total number of South African players. A total of seven English players are on this list. These are Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy.

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A total of five West Indies players are in the Platinum Category list. They are Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.

Three Australian and Afghanistan players have registered their names in the same list. Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and Rashid Khan are the three Afghan players in this list. Meanwhile, the Australian cricketers in this list are Dan Christian, Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn.

From Sri Lanka, only Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera have been included in the Platinum Category list. Colin Munro and Sandeep Lamichhane are lone players in this list from New Zealand and Nepal respectively.

The PCB will announce soon the remaining names who will compete in the upcoming players’ draft. Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging Category lists will be also announced very soon. In the first week of December, the players draft will be conducted.

The 2020 edition will be the first time when Pakistan will host the entire PSL tournament. It is likely to begin in late February 2020 and end in late March 2020.

Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali are excited

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is excited to play the entire PSL in front of the Pakistan fans.

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Steyn said according to the PCB news release, “Cricket means the world to Pakistani fans and I am excited that I will get to be a part of the PSL draft pool.”

On the other hand, the English all-rounder Moeen Ali has also a similar feeling after his name has been included in this top list.

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Moeen said, “I am very excited that I am going to be a part of such an incredible pool of players for the PSL Player Draft. On the circuit, players talk about the quality cricket that they have experienced playing in the PSL and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Foreign player’s Platinum Category list

England: Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir

West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and Rashid Khan

Australia: Dan Christian, Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera.

Nepal: Sandeep Lamichhane.

New Zealand: Colin Munro.