Former Pakistani skipper Javed Miandad has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for considering the prospect of hosting the remainder of the PSL 2021 in UAE. The veteran player condemned the board’s decision to resume the tournament amidst the pandemic.
He said that by doing so, PCB is only showing the interest in monetary gains while disregarding the health of the players and officials, which is of utmost importance in these testing times.
“This is not the time to play cricket, it is the time to save lives,” Miandad said criticizing PCB. “In these times of crisis, we should be more focused on saving lives rather than playing cricket.”
The former batsman gave the example of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that had to be shelved because of the escalating cases of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
“The whole world has been affected by the coronavirus. India, where the world cup was supposed to take place, is also severely affected by the epidemic.”
Javed Miandad further opined his view on PSL and said, “My personal view is that this is not the right time to be playing cricket. PCB’s attempts of holding the remaining matches of the HBL PSL season six in the UAE is not the right move. They are risking the lives of several individuals for their own financial gains. If it was in my hands, I would not take the big risk of organising the remaining PSL matches. If they hold this event and face problems, then who will be responsible?”
After a meeting between the board and the franchises, PCB decided to resume the tournament to complete the remaining 20 matches in UAE. PCB wrote a letter to Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) regarding the same. The development took place after the six franchises and the National Command Operation Centre had requested PCB to reconsider the venue for the tournament.