Pakistan Super League postponed as England star Hales shows coronavirus symptoms

England batsman Alex Hales is in self-isolation after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus.

Hales, who last played for England in May 2019, returned to the UK on Saturday after leaving the Pakistan Super League T20 competition early.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a productive run with the bat in Pakistan, scoring 239 runs in five innings to help his franchise Karachi Kings qualify for the semi-finals.

But, like a number of overseas stars, Hales returned home before the knockout matches took place and the entire tournament was subsequently postponed due to the spread of coronavirus.

Hales said in a statement: ‘In light of the speculation and rumour that is currently circulating within the cricket world and on social media, I felt I needed to give a full explanation of my situation.

‘Like many other overseas players, I reluctantly left the Pakistan Super League early because, with COVID-19 reaching global pandemic status, I felt it was more important to be with my family rather than face a period of lockdown thousands of miles from home.

‘I returned to the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning feeling perfectly fit and healthy and with absolutely no symptoms of the virus.

‘However, I awoke early on Sunday morning having developed a fever and followed the government’s advice of self-isolation, a process I am obviously still following having developed a dry and persistent cough.

‘At this stage, it has not been possible to be tested although I am hopeful that might be the case later today so that I can get absolute confirmation of my current health status.’

Confirming that the PSL had been postponed, Wasim Khan said: ‘This is absolutely the right thing to do after an overseas player, who will be tested in his country shortly, has shown symptoms of COVID-19.

‘The PCB has also facilitated the process of carrying out immediate tests of all those who were involved with the Pakistan Super League.’

Hales has scored 4,636 runs in 141 appearances for England across all formats.

The batsman was named in England’s original squad for last summer’s World Cup but dropped out after it emerged he had served a ban for a second drugs test failure for a recreational substance.

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