‘Please stop spreading rumours about Corona’ – Mohammad Hafeez requests people to stay safe
PCB called off the PSL semi-finals in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Updated - Mar 19, 2020 3:42 pm
Coronavirus has caused pandemonium all across the globe and it forced major sporting events to either get postponed or be called off. While the cases of the affected people are less in the sub-continent compared to that of Europe, there are still worries over the virus by the people. In these circumstances, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has made a plea to the people.
The former Pakistan captain asked people not to spread fake rumours and do follow the necessary precautions. While everyone around the globe are worried about the effect of coronavirus, there are a lot of false rumours that have been spread across.
People from various fields of works are sometimes using the fear of the general public for their own vested interest. This is where the problem lies. By following these false instructions, there is a chance that the situation might get more difficult.
Cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have increased in recent days
So, proper proven instructions to prevent the virus from spreading needs to be followed and nothing other than. That is where the plea from ‘the professor’ makes sense. Hafeez is a well followed and well-respected sportsperson from Pakistan and his opinion and voice is generally heard by the people.
“Humble request to all, please stop spreading rumours about #Corona, stop blaming others and follow the precautions and stay safe,” the 39-year-old’s post read on social media.
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 17, 2020
As per reports, the cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have increased in recent days, especially in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. The tally of the affected people are now confirmed to be 194. This caused Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to postpone the Pakistan Super League (PSL), like most of the events across continents.
Some foreign players plying their trade in the tournament such as Alex Hales had reportedly shown symptoms of the virus. Hence, on the PCB’s behalf, it must be considered a wise decision.
It was said that the new dates of the scheduled games of the tournament will be announced soon. However, it is yet to be announced. The decision of postponing the games were announced by PCB just before the first semi-final between Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans was about to take place.
Prior to the outbreak, the two semis were scheduled to be played on 17th March, with the final to take place a day later on 18th March. But now it looks difficult to complete the tournament. It remains to be seen how PCB plans to conclude the tournament. Hafeez also posted a video after the PSL was postponed.
Here is what Hafeez said in the video:
Our Professor @MHafeez22 respects the decision to postpone the #HBLPSLV for now, and believes people's health and lives are of paramount importance! #DilSe#DamaDamMast #MainHoonQalandar #HBLPSL pic.twitter.com/09z0foEfMR
— Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) March 18, 2020