Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday came down hard on Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi’s comments to continue with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) amid coronavirus crisis when most of the sporting events across the globe have been called-off or postponed. Also Read - Odisha 1st State to Extend Lockdown. Will Other States Follow Suit?
“I back the decision to postpone the league but on a personal note I was in favour of holding the remaining matches as well. While we were discussing this issue in meeting with other PSL franchises and PCB, I raised the point that it is just a matter of 48 hours, so let the PSL conclude in a better way,” Afridi was quoted as saying by ProPakistani.pk. Also Read - COVID-19+ Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 1,297, Death Toll Stands at 72
Akhtar slammed the comments saying the PCB was already a few days late in calling off the tournament. English cricketer Alex Hales tested positive for coronavirus and was immediately sent back home. Also Read - Jharkhand Registers First Covid-19 Death As 72-Year-Man Succumbs to the Virus in Bokaro
“One of the team owners is still saying that these remaining matches should also have taken place. Imagine if this outbreak had spread in the stadium, be it Karachi or Lahore,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by ProPakistani.pk.
“Honestly it was a stupid mistake by the PCB to continue the league. Also, I’m pretty sure that they would have kept it running if the case had not emerged. PCB was late about six days with regard to the suspension of the league. Putting people at risk was not a sensible thing to do,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Zalmi have made the semi-final and will play Multan Sultans.
On the other hand, the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) that was slated to begin from March 29 has been postponed till April 15 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.