UAE may not host remaining PSL matches due to Covid-19 travel ban
The possibility of arranging the remaining matches of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) sixth edition in United Arab Emirates (UAE) has minimized after UAE government imposed a ban on travelers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The travel ban will be effective from Thursday. Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) contacted with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to arrange remaining 20 matches of PSL 2021 from June 1 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. PSL was suspended after a few matches last March due to coronavirus.
“The PCB was expecting things to be finalised in next 24 hours due to the Eid holidays in both countries but now with this ban imposed by the UAE government till May 12, the only option available to the PCB is to hold the matches in Karachi,” a source said on Monday.
He also said that PCB wasn’t interested to host matches in Pakistan at the moment because of some new Covid-19 cases in the country. A board official said that the National Command and Operations Authority, which looks after COVID-19 situation in Pakistan, also advised them not to arrange matches in Pakistan.
“Their is one more suggestion to have it in Sri Lanka if not in UAE, but that will require a lot of logistical and other issues and will also be dependent on clearance from the government,” another source said.
PSL is scheduled to start again from June 1. It will continue till June 14. The play-off matches are scheduled for June 16-18 and the final is scheduled for June 20. On May 23, the players will be supposed to join different teams of PSL.