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Pakistan Super League set to resume in Abu Dhabi

May 20, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The Pakistan Cricket Board has officially confirmed that the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League will resume soon. The PCB has got all permissions to stage the remaining games of the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Recently, the UAE government has announced a ban on travelers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The PCB was already in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board to hold the remaining 20 games of the PSL in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This was also recommended by the NCOA and by the franchise owners as well. It was suggested considering the first 3-4 seasons of the tournament were held totally in the UAE. PSL was delayed last year as well, just before the playoffs in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The remaining games were later held in November.

PSL 6 was called off in March after COVID-19 cases in multiple franchises

The Pakistan Cricket Board has still not confirmed whether the competition will start on June 1. There are chances that the tournament will be delayed by a few days. The decision regarding the matches is anticipated to be made soon. The sixth season of PSL had to be postponed in March after COVID-19 cases continued to increase in different franchises. The league was suspended after 14 league stage matches, with the last game being played on March 3. It was known that a bio-bubble breach was reported even before the start of the tournament. The PCB, in April, had declared that PSL would resume in June in Pakistan. However, the officials have decided to move the tournament to UAE.

Considering the foreign players are still in their respective countries, the competition might be delayed by a week. Therefore, all the players will need to stay in isolation after landing in Abu Dhabi. After the conclusion of PSL, the Pakistan players are scheduled to leave for England for a white-ball series against the hosts.

After the resumption of PSL six was announced, the teams participated in a replacement draft. They filled in the gaps as many overseas cricketers had decided to pull out of the event. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Andre Russell are going to feature in the remaining games of the PSL six for Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, respectively. All the names were presented as replacement pick in an online session held with the franchise representatives.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh