PCB approaches hosting PSL in UAE
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formally taken an initiative to host remainder of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan has been put into nationwide lockdown from today till May 15. Air restrictions are placed from May 5 to 20.
The PCB has approached Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to stage the remaining matches of the tournament. Earlier, the six PSL franchises had asked PCB to shift the matches to UAE.
“We had an interactive and productive meeting in which we considered a number of factors. While the UAE has emerged as a preferred venue, a number of challenges remain, which will be worked through over the coming days. We remain committed to doing everything possible to complete the HBL PSL 6,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said after a virtual meeting with the franchises.
Karachi was chosen as the venue for the rest of the matches after the tournament was halted midway due to COVID outbreak. According to a report on ESPNcricinfo, PCB has cancelled its 407-room booking for bio-bubble in Karachi.
Karachi hosted 14 PSL games between February 20 and March 3. The final stage of the tournament is currently scheduled to begin from June 2.
Teams have had a replacement draft to add covers to unavailable overseas players. Shakib Al Hasan (Lahore Qalandars), Mahmudullah Riyad (Multan Sultans) and Liton Das (Karachi Kings) make up the Bangladeshi contingent.