The Covid-19 hiatus

The Covid-19 pandemic hit sport in March 2020, forcing games to be played behind closed doors, and then getting cricket called off altogether. The PSL was suspended before the semi-finals, and all cricket had ground to a halt worldwide by March 17, 2020, with the men's T20 World Cup pushed to 2021, the IPL to later in the year, and the launch of the Hundred deferred to 2021. International cricket only returned in July, when West Indies played in England in a biosecure bubble under the ICC's interim post-pandemic regulations, which banned the use of saliva on the ball and provided for Covid-19 substitute players.