As the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chose to go on with the tournament behind closed doors, it is likely that they would continue even with the biggest foreign stars, which could decrease the overall attraction of the competition. The deadly disease has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The PCB also shortened the league, replacing play-offs with two semi-finals (both in Lahore on 17 March) and the final on 18 March, instead of 2 22 March, also in Lahore.
The PSL, on its part, has turned the knockout stage into a two-day affair with the semi-final double-header to be held on March 17 and the final on March 18 in Lahore. Peshawar Zalmi's Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Lewis Gregory and Carlos Brathwaite, as well as Multan Sultans' James Vince and Karachi Kings' Alex Hales, were among the first to confirm their departures, and the list has since expanded to include Peshawar's Liam Dawson and coach James Foster, Multan's Rilee Rossouw, and Jason Roy and Tymal Mills of Quetta Gladiators. Four more league games were left in the tournament as on Friday and they will be concluded on March 15. It added that players from England had put forward a withdrawal request. "Ensuring that the players feel comfortable remains paramount to the PCB", chief executive of PCB Wasim Khan said.
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Given the unprecedented situation today PCB has decided that teams will be allowed to bring in local players as replacements for foreign players.
"This decision has been made after consultation with all stakeholders, including the Pakistan Cricket Board".
Peshawar Zalmi, which will take on Multan Sultans in Karachi, will be most affected with the withdrawal of the foreign players after Brathwaite, Dawson, Gregory, Livingstone and Banton chose to go home. We are the travelling team and we can take a decision anytime. The PSL matches on Friday were being held in empty stadiums.
"We will continue to assess and review the situation and will not hesitate to make what we believe are the right decisions for everyone involved".