Changed schedule and coronavirus may keep PSL heartthrob Fawad Rana away
By Raheel Hanif
March 13, 2020 07:57 PM
The Pakistan Super League has made many superstars but the love, affection and celebrity status Lahore Qalandars Fawad Rana has won so far is unprecedented.
Fawad Rana can be rightly dubbed as the PSL face as his enthusiasm and sportsman spirit has kept the event lively and it is because of him that people love Qalandars despite their poor performances in the field.
But to the disappointment of the fans, the most popular face was missing from the scene this year and fans badly missed him. However, they kept his presence alive on the social media with memes and his popular videos and photos during the event.
First it was revealed by Lahore Qalandar’s CEO and his brother Atif Rana that Fawad was unable to attend the PSL 2020 due to his business engagement abroad. However, he gave a good news to the PSL fans that Fawad Rana may attend the last stage of the PSL as he was scheduled to fly to Pakistan on March 15 for the event.
But on Friday, talking to 24Digital Atif Rana again cast doubts over the Fawad’s ‘homecoming’ to the PSL when he said the changed schedule may keep him away now for the entire PSL season.
The PCB has changed the schedule of the PSL 2020 in the wake of coronavirus threat and has shortened it by four days with final now to be played on March 18 instead of March 22.
Atif Rana revealed that Fawad was to fly from Qatar to Pakistan on March 15 to attend the PSL last stage but the suspension of the flight operations by Qatar due to the coronavirus threat has put his plan in jeopardy.
“Now with changed schedule it would be hard for Fawad Rana to reach in time for the PSL as flight operations in the Gulf States have been either suspended or badly disturbed. However, let’s hope he could get a flight but chances are dim.”
So this season with PSL totally playing in the country and Qalandars putting up a good show, the total absence of Fawad Rana would certainly leave a big void in the entertaining aspect of the event, which has been already subdues due to an unenthusiastic and below-par arrangements made by the Pakistan cricket Board.