Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have written to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), asking it to stage the remaining matches of this edition of the showpiece event in UAE.
Pakistan Super League franchises request PCB to move remainder of PSL to UAE. (PSL Photo)
- PSL franchises request PCB to host remainder of the tournament in UAE
- PSL six was postponed after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in March
- PSL will now resume on June 1 with the final scheduled for June 20
Pakistan Super League franchises have requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to shift the rescheduled matches of the PSL’s sixth edition from Karachi to UAE amid a fresh surge of coronavirus cases in the country.
PSL six was postponed after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in March this year. The tournament will now resume on June 1 with the final scheduled for June 20.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, all six teams have sent a letter to PCB and the board is reviewing the current situation. For now, the franchises will assemble in Karachi by May 23 to start the mandatory seven-day isolation.
The report added that the PCB is “believed to be considering the request and reviewing current plans.”
As per the original plan, all teams are to assemble in Karachi by May 23 and begin their mandatory seven-day quarantine. 16 league stage matches will be played between June 2-14.
The playoffs are slated to be played between June 16 and June 18.
Pakistan has witnessed a surge in cases recently and there is a partial lockdown in parts of the country.
Last week, the Pakistan government announced it will reduce the number of international flights by 80 percent to help curb rising COVID-19 cases.
Last month, the PCB had appointed a two-person fact-finding panel to review the bio-security protocols, bylaws and arrangements for the PSL-6 and make recommendations on how to better ensure implementation of a bio-secure environment for future events.
After the date of resumption was revealed, the teams participated in a replacement draft as several foreign players had pulled out of the event.
On Tuesday, the BCCI was forced to indefinitely postpone the Indian Premier League after multiple cases of COVID-19 among players and support staff emerged inside its bio-bubble in the last couple of days.
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