PCB rejects Umar Akmal's claim of financial struggles, tells suspended Pakistan batsman to pay fine in full
Paying the fine would pave the way for him to return to cricket after serving a ban for breaching clauses of the Anti-Corruption code.
Before the postponement, 14 league matches were conducted between 20 February and 3 March.
The 31-year-old was banned in 2017 for five years — with half the sentence suspended — for his part in rigging Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in the United Arab Emirates.
The PCB chairman told the PSL franchise owners the new dates for the Asia Cup would be decided at the next meeting of the Asian Cricket Council.
Islamabad United’s two foreign cricketers, including Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, an unnamed foreign cricketer and a support staff member from one of the teams were already in isolation after being tested positive earlier this week.
The PCB said in a statement that the three players are from two different teams and they will now self-isolate themselves for 10 days.
PSL 2021: Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi help Karachi Kings beat Peshawar Zalmi; Quetta Gladiators claim first win
Quetta’s victory after four straight losses ended a 13-match streak of teams successfully chasing down the targets since the tournament began on 20 February.
PSL 2021: Quetta Gladiators batsman Tom Banton among two foreign players to test positive for COVID-19
Pakistan Cricket Board's Director of Media Sami Burney had announced on Tuesday that two foreign players and one member of the support staff had tested positive for the virus. This was after Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed tested positive on Monday.
Steyn's apology came after he claimed on the sidelines of the Pakistan Super League 6, where he is representing Quetta Gladiators, that money is given more importance than the game in the IPL.
Many reports in the Pakistan media blamed PCB for the positive test incident which has cast a shadow on the league.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said all remaining members of Islamabad United have tested negative.
PSL 2021: Babar Azam's unbeaten 60-ball 90 anchors Karachi Kings to seven-wicket win over Multan Sultans
Babar’s unbeaten 90 off 60 balls — including 13 fours and a six — led Karachi to 198-3 with seven balls to spare in yet another successful chase in Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league.
Umar Akmal was initially banned for three years from all cricket activities last year for not reporting approaches made to him for spot-fixing in PSL. The Court of Arbitration for Sports has reduced the ban to 12 months.
The 20-year-old Lamichanne has previously represented Lahore in seven games of Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league in 2019.
PSL 2021: Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood's 110-run partnership powers Multan Sultans to season's first win
Rizwan hit 76 off 49 balls — his second half-century in this year’s PSL — and Pakistan international Sohaib Maqsood made an unbeaten 61 off 41. Multan eased to 159-3 in 16.2 overs in reply to Lahore's 157-6.
PCB's decision meant that around 19,000 fans could go to the National Stadium to see the country’s premier Twenty20 cricket league.
The PCB is confident that it is now well-versed in implementing its COVID-19 procedures, with only one local player being expelled for violating protocols during a domestic game.
The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League is scheduled to begin from 20 February in Karachi.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has restricted the league to only two venues — Karachi and Lahore — for the upcoming edition.
Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn and Rashid Khan among top foreign draws for Pakistan Super League ahead of draft
A PCB official said the interest by foreign players in the coming PSL was very good despite a packed international calendar in February-March.