PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ultimately decided to postpone the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for an indefinite period.
According to latest developments, the semi-finals and final of the fifth edition of the PSL have been postponed owing to the threat of coronavirus. Some of the foreign players participating in the mega event had already left the league.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT#HBLPSLV postponed, to be rescheduled. More details to follow in due course.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 17, 2020
The final leg of the Bangladesh cricket team tour to Pakistan has also been postponed.
Coronavirus threat has virtually brought the world cricket at a standstill.
Employees over 50 get 15-day paid leave in KP
After emergence of 15 coronavirus cases in a single day, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
In one of the major steps, the provincial government has given 15-day paid leave to employees above 50 years of age. Adviser to KP Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Khan Wazir said the step has been taken keeping in view the increasing threat of coronavirus spread. He added that the government is also considering shutting down all offices for a set amount of time, but a decision is yet to be taken on the matter.
It is widely speculated that the government and private offices will have to be ultimately closed if the situation got deteriorated. However, the authorities are closely monitoring the situation and will decide about it keeping in view the evolving situation.
Another major concern among the public and authorities is that of public transport which exposes people to the virus threat. Decision on this count may also be taken sooner or later.
Sentences of prisoners reduced
KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has announced reduction in sentences of prisoners in the jails owing to the coronavirus threat.
The chief minister has become a pandemic and the prevailing situation demands that the prisoners also deserve some relief along with other people. Under the decision, the prisoners will get two-month remission in sentences. However, this remission will not apply to prisoners of terrorism cases.
280 pilgrims arriving from Iran quarantined
Ajmal Wazir said that the pilgrims arriving into Dera Ismail Khan from the Taftan border will be quarantined at Mufti Mahmood Hospital. He said that groceries and other amenities have already been made available at the quarantine facility.
All the cases reported from DI Khan were those who had recently returned from Iran after visit to holy sites.
Tally in Pakistan mounts to 184
The tally of coronavirus infections has mounted to 184 in Pakistan.
Sindh is the most affected province with 150 cases, followed by KP with 15 cases, Gilgit-Baltistan with 10 cases, Balochistan with five cases and Islamabad and Punjab with two cases each.