As several players and other showrunners of Pakistan Super League (PSL) contract the coronavirus, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to postpone PSL 6 with immediate effect. And Twitter already knows who to blame for this.
With seven COVID-19 cases being reported amid the sporting competition, PCB had no choice but to suspend PSL 2021 to ensure the safety and medical well-being of people. In a statement PCB said;
“The health and wellbeing of all participants are paramount, … The decision to suspend the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect was made following a meeting with the team owners.”
📢 HBL PSL 6 POSTPONED
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3pm to provide further updates.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 4, 2021
PSL 6 kicked off on 20th February, and just two weeks later the sporting event is facing a damper.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lahore Qalandars, Atif Rana blames PCB’s mismanagement for the outbreak making its way to PSL 6. According to Parhlo, Atif Rana says the franchises were skeptical of PSL’s staging from the start but the board still went ahead. He even doubted if the event could resume at a later date.
Big disappointment. PCB is solely responsible for this. Form letting Wahab and Sammy join the squad, to allowing celebrities and owners mingle with the players, PSL administration has failed to ensure bio-secure bubble. All those responsible must be punished!! #HBLPSL6 #PSL6 pic.twitter.com/4SOS9pf6wJ
— Abdullah. (@SaidbyAbdullah) March 4, 2021
Previously PCB had said that there was no other window available in a jam-packed cricket calendar. Whether PCB is solely to blame or not they’re trying to make amends by arranging repeat PCR tests, vaccines, and isolation facilities for the six participating teams.
The PCB is currently focused on ‘the safe and secure passage of all participants in the tournament‘.
Blame it On…..?
Whether PCB is solely to blame or not, Twitter lays the blame on someone else entirely. Three people to be exact. Javed Afridi, Wahab Riaz, and Darren Sammy.
The PCB admitted that it allowed Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy to reintegrate with the Peshawar Zalmi team without completing the three-day quarantine period. (you see why PCB is being blamed)
So why are the players being blamed? They were the ones that violated safety protocols when they met franchise owner Javed Afridi outside the team’s bio-security bubble. This is why Twitter also blames Javed Afridi.
Following a COVID-19 protocol breach, Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy were placed in quarantine. A period they didn’t complete in isolation, returning to the team in less than three days.
Who Does Twitter Blame For Ruining PSL 6
Journalist Dennis Pollard believes negligence on all parts is what ‘endorsed the insignificance of the rules‘.
Right decision to suspend the PSL.
But the PCB stamped their papers when they let Sammy and Wahab back early after breaching protocols.
They may not have brought the virus in, but that act gave the message to all that the rules don't matter.
— Dennis Hafeez (@DennisCricket_) March 4, 2021
Later three players from other teams tested positive for Coronavirus. Now PSL 6 is ‘ruined’ as per Twitter and they blame three people in particular. The CEO of Peshawar Zalmi is being blamed for bulldozing safety protocols to get Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz back on the field.
This was bound to happen once Javed Afridi threatened to not take the field if Wahab and Sammy weren’t allowed to join the team after breaching the Bubble. Pawri khatam hogayee hai
— Arhum (@arhuml92) March 4, 2021
— Bali Syed (@BilalXyed4) March 4, 2021
Wowow, Javed Afridi pressurised PCB to let their players who broke protocol play
And now this pic.twitter.com/uJ0qD4EnzU
— M.S 🪁🌲🌳🌴🚴🚉🏙 (@ShaykShack) March 4, 2021
That’s just what happens when you try to muscle your way through things. Can’t go in guns blazing outside the set of a Western flick. Not cool Javed bhai.
PCB Was about to queantine wahab and sammy on breaking rules in PSL 6 season
Le javed Afridi to PCB pic.twitter.com/kXT1RmviL3
— Bali Syed (@BilalXyed4) March 4, 2021
PSL 6 postponed due to Javed Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Darren Sammy and PCB himself. In Sb k lye ye 🖕#PSL6
— Waqas Arain (@arainwaqas27) March 4, 2021
PSL 6 Postponed
I think Javed Afridi shud held accountable for that for putting many lives,Pakistan Name n PSL in Danger
What a dumb face he is
— Sarcastic Engineer….🗯🇵🇰 (@Bawa_Sarcastic) March 4, 2021
— Dunkpunk (@Azam07Ali) March 4, 2021
Others assert you can’t lay the blame on these three people alone. We didn’t many brand ambassadors religious donning mask the way people should in an ongoing pandemic that has plagued the world and global economy.
To all the irresponsible players & managements, thank you for ruining the whole tournament PSL 6 for us.
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) March 4, 2021
PSL 6 postponed! 😭😭💔💔 Huge mismanagement by PCB and franchise owners. Covid situation now is alot better than it was when PSL 5 playoffs, Pak V Saf and Zim series was held. The bubble only burst due to leniency and complacency of PCB! #PSL6
— Maaz Ahmed (@maaz_ad) March 4, 2021
— Mohammad Hazran🇵🇰 (@KhazranSays) March 4, 2021
What do you think? Who do you think should be held accountable for the postponement of PSL6?