THE Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been suspended after seven cases of Covid-19 were reported.

Yesterday Somerset batsman Tom Banton confirmed that he was isolating after a positive test, and the Daily Mail has reported that his Somerset team-mate Lewis Gregory is one of the other cases.

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Three Somerset players are out in Pakistan; Banton is representing Quetta Gladiators, with Gregory lining up for Islamabad United and Tom Abell in the Lahore Qalanders squad.

The PSL only began on February 20, and 14 of the scheduled 34 matches in the tournament have been played.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said that the decision to postpone was taken "following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and well-being of all participants".

The board said that its next step is to focus on the "safe and secure passage of all participants, and arrange repeat PCR tests, vaccines and isolation facilities to the six participating sides".

The 2020 edition of the T20 competition was suspended at the play-off stages in March, due to Covid-19, and was only completed in November.


THE Somerset 'spin twins' were reunited as England freshened up their line-up ahead of the fourth Test with India - but the tourists' batting woes continued on day one in Ahmedabad.

Former Somerset player Dom Bess was recalled to partner Jack Leach in the spin bowling department, with Bess and Dan Lawrence replacing Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad in the team.

England won the toss and opted to bat first, and while their first innings score of 205 was their best since the first innings of the first Test, it was a well below par effort.

The pitches used in the last two Tests have been criticised, but this time it was all about fine, persistent bowling from India and more human error from England's batsmen.

When Joe Root fell with just five runs to his name, England were on 30-3, and it took decent knocks from Ben Stokes (55) and Lawrence (46) to recover that position.

Once their resistance was broken, Bess and Leach could only add three and seven runs, respectively, with Leach the last man out in the 76th over.

Eight of the 10 wickets had fallen to spin - familiar foes Ravichandran Ashwin (3-47) and Axar Patel (4-68) continuing to poke holes in the England order - but upon the change of innings it was a seamer who made the breakthrough.

It took only three balls for James Anderson to trap Shubman Gill lbw but, despite England giving Leach four overs and Bess one, Rohit Sharma (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15*) kept India in pole position, on 24-1 at stumps.