Ben Dunk opens up on staying in Pakistan amid coronavirus fears

The hard-hitting batsman is comfortable playing in Pakistan

Ben Dunk opens up on staying in Pakistan amid coronavirus fears PHOTO: Shafiq Malik

Lahore Qalandars hard-hitting batsman Ben Dunk has opened up on his decision to stay in Pakistan amid growing coronavirus fears all over the world.

14 foreign players and two coaching staff members from five franchises have so far decided to not take any further part in the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 and leave Pakistan. However, the entire foreign contingent of Lahore Qalandars is still with the franchise.

While talking to reporters in Lahore, Dunk said that he is comfortable staying in Pakistan based on the information he has received from the PSL management about the aforementioned issue.

“We have been really well updated by PSL [about coronavirus situation]. As an individual, it is my decision whether I want to go home or stay. At this stage, I am very comfortable with where things are at,” said Dunk. “We are getting daily updates. Things are playing out behind the scenes and if they stay at the current rate as they are, I am certainly comfortable to stay and play.”

“Obviously, depending on what happens at home with regards to borders, we will have to reassess but right now I am really comfortable,” he added.

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The 33-year-old also appreciated the Qalandars fans for backing the team through thick and thin as he aims to repay their faith in the upcoming PSL matches.

“I have had a really good time with this team [Lahore Qalandars] and we have been looked after really well, so I would like to repay the faith and get some wins to get us through the finals,” he said. “The support that we have got at our home ground has been amazing. The people of Lahore have really showed patience with us. It has been nice to repay their faith and get some wins on the board, but we still have a big job to do, so I am really excited for the week to come.’’