Question marks on the future of the playoffs of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that have been terminated due to the Corona virus and franchise disputes over the winner of the league.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to terminate the league four days ago due to the global spread of the Corona virus but in view of the deteriorating situation, terminated the league before the semi-final and final. went.
The absence of the final matches has led to a question mark regarding the winner of the league as the current situation makes it difficult to hold matches for the next few months.
Due to the virus, the tour of Bangladesh to Pakistan as well as the National One-Day Cup have been postponed indefinitely.
The absence of a decision on the winner of the league has created a new challenge for the Pakistan Cricket Board, where the franchise owners have a disagreement with regard to the procedure for deciding the winner.
According to cricInfo, if the tournament cannot be completed for any reason under the rules of the Pakistan Super League, the top team at the points table in round matches will be declared the winner.
In the league round, Multan Sultans led the team with 14 points while Karachi Kings were second, Lahore Qalandars third and Peshawar Zalmi fourth.
If the outbreak is overcome, then the Pakistan Cricket Board can hold the remaining three matches of the league at a reasonable time and if the situation improves, these matches can be held in November but before the event, the players and The consensus of all stakeholders, including the franchise, will be a major challenge for the board.
The Multan Sultans believe that they should be declared the winner, but the remaining three are in Egypt for the franchise.
Multan Sultans bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed believes his franchise, which has 14 points in 10 league games, should be declared a winner.
Talking to the Press Trust of India, he said that the fifth edition of the PSL should have a proper ending and could be done by declaring the top team winner on the points table.
He said if that is not the case and if the PCB decides to re-hold the remaining four matches then it is likely to hurt the next edition.
Multan Sultans owner Alamgir Tareen advised PCB not to hold the remaining matches of the fifth edition of PSL and declare the winner according to the current situation.
He said that there was no discussion with our PSL management as to whether they would reschedule the remaining matches of the event and if and when they did.
The world-renowned expressed his reservations, saying that even if a suitable time is available for holding matches, it is not certain which players will be willing to participate in the matches.
However, unlike the Multan Sultans, the other three franchises that made it to the playoffs emphasized holding the remaining matches.
Samine Rana, one of the owners of the Lahore Qalandars, who made the PSL playoffs for the first time, said that the best solution is to hold event matches at the first opportunity whenever the opportunity is available.
He said declaring the top team winner on the points table would make the event fun, if so, then why are we playing cricket, deciding the winner of each match on the toss? ۔
Javed Afridi, owner of Peshawar Zalmi, also seemed to agree with the Lahore Qalandars’ stand and said that we must decide the winner, our foreign players are ready to come back to play.
Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal also opposed the position on the points table to declare the winner of the league and said that as soon as available, event matches should be ensured at the first opportunity.