A dozen Pakistani first-class gamers and three tennis gamers discover themselves caught in Sri Lanka because of the suspension of all worldwide flights within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the outbreak has led to suspension sports activities actions all all over the world , on this case, it has additionally led to a testing time for the cricketers and tennis gamers.
Azhar Attari, a outstanding first-class participant, confirmed on telephone that they have been nonetheless in Colombo ready to fly residence.
Attari mentioned he and 11 different gamers had reached Colombo round December to play in some first-class and one-day video games, making them eligible to signal work permits to play league cricket within the UK.
He defined the necessity to play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka arose after the Pakistan Cricket Board ended the function of departmental groups in home cricket with simply six provincial groups enjoying first-class cricket, decreasing alternatives.
Another firstclass cricketer, Abid Hasan, mentioned they’re consistently in contact with the Pakistan High Commission to fly again residence even on chartered flights as their cash had run out after having to remain indoors for therefore lengthy because of the lockdown in Colombo and its outskirts.
“They relaxed the lockdown for a few hours but yesterday again imposed a 24-hour lockdown due to a spike in cases,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the native golf equipment had been sort sufficient to supply lodging to the gamers when the lockdown began however remainder of the bills they needed to take care themselves.
Attari mentioned he had even gone again to Pakistan for some time after the dying of his mom however got here again to finish his 5 first-class matches requirement.