Pakistan suspends flagship cricket tournament after COVID-19 cases among teams

Decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition

  
A Pakistani fan waves a national flag during a T20 series match between Bangladesh and Pakistan cricket teams at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan January 25, 2020. Image for illustrative purposes.

A Pakistani fan waves a national flag during a T20 series match between Bangladesh and Pakistan cricket teams at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan January 25, 2020. Image for illustrative purposes.

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LAHORE, Pakistan, March 4 (Reuters) - Pakistan is suspending its flagship cricket tournament that started last month after seven team personnel tested positive for COVID-19, the cricket board said in a statement on Thursday.

"The health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount," the statement said, adding the decision to suspend the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect was made following a meeting with the team owners.

It added that the decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which started on Feb. 20.

(Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari; Editing by Himani Sarkar) ((GibranNaiyyar.Peshimam@thomsonreuters.com; +923018217003;))

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