PSL 6 to resume from June 1
The sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will resume from June 1, announced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday (April 11).
The marquee event was postponed indefinitely in early March this year after 14 matches due to multiple Covid-19 cases amongst the players and staff members.
It has been learnt that the Board of Governors (BoG) of the PCB met through a virtual conference call on Saturday, where they finalised the dates of the tournament’s resumption.
As per the decision taken, the participants will begin their seven-day quarantine from May 22, and the PCB promised a zero-tolerance approach towards all those breaching the Covid-19 SOPs.
Cricketers will get three days of training sessions before the competition rolls onto the ground.
According to the rescheduled fixtures, the group stages will run from June 1st to June 14th, beginning with Lahore Qalandars versus Islamabad United. The playoffs will then take place from June 16th to June 18th before the final on Sunday, June 20th.
In March, the league was postponed after several players tested positive after Peshawar Zalmi coach Darren Sammy and captain Wahab Riaz breached the bio-secure bubble by meeting with their franchise owner Javed Afridi, who was not part of the bubble.
In the aftermath of such incident, the PCB is now on the verge of appointing a safety management company to provide Covid-safe technology solutions, bio-secure monitoring & management, as well as response and reaction to positive tests.
The board has also decided to launch a Hall of Fame in a bid to acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of Pakistan cricket’s stalwarts.