Sports Desk- After football, the effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) has started affecting cricket. The fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2020) has been postponed. The two semi-finals were to be played on March 17 and the final on March 18, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to postpone it due to fears that a foreign player may be infected with the coronavirus.
Former Pakistan captain and current star commentator Rameez Raza said in a statement that Alex Hales, playing for the Karachi Kings in the PSL, was suspected to have symptoms of a coronavirus infection and that was why the PSL had to be postponed. Now Hales has shared a statement about his health through Twitter.
An update on my situation, stay safe everyone. Hales has also cleared that he is suffering from a dry and persistent cough and feels that he might undergo Coronavirus tests later in the day. “In the light of the speculation and rumour that is currently circulating within the cricket world and on social media, I felt I needed to give a full explanation of my situation.
“Like many other overseas players, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League early because, with COVID-19 reaching global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family rather than face a period of lockdown thousands of miles from home. I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus.
“However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough.
At this stage, it has not been possible to be tested although I am hopeful that might be the case later today so that I can get absolute confirmation of my current health status,” the statement read.