PCB to Mehwish Hayat: Your wish is our command
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Panic prevailed in Karachi with growing cases of coronavirus as schools shut down and malls were closed. Yet what didn't change was the PSL schedule, with the crowd constantly finding its way to the stadium where the matches are going on.
Addressing the issue, Mehwish Hayat wrote: “In light of the coronavirus pandemic, I think that there is a need to rethink the merit in continuing the PSL matches. Let’s not cancel them, but play them behind closed doors for TV or if they insist on having spectators in the stadium, all of them need to be screened b4 entry.”
It seems that just an hour after her tweet, her demands were heard, as the organizers of the PSL announced the matches will be played without the crowd.
“Health and safety is paramount and takes precedence over cricket. The PCB takes the health and safety of its players, spectators, officials, media, service providers and security personnel very seriously,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said.
Following the advisory from the Government of Sindh, the PCB has taken this precautionary and pre-emptive measure which will result in matches taking place in front of an empty stadium,” he added.
Mehwish then took to social media to praise the decision of the authorities and wrote: “Relieved to see this very wise move by the authorities. I never wanted the matches to be cancelled like some were calling for, just appropriate steps to be taken to mitigate the risk in these tough times. Let’s continue to enjoy cricket at home with family and friends!”