The Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to host the remaining matches of the 2021 season of the Pakistan Super League. The games are likely to commence from June 1 to June 20 at the National Stadium in Karachi. All the PSL bound players have been asked to assemble at their respective hotels on May 22. They will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine period before the commencement of the league.
The PSL eventually started on February 20, and only 14 matches took place before seven new COVID cases were reported. Players like Daren Sammy and Wahab Riaz broke the bio-bubble protocols as they went to meet their franchise’s owner. Multiple cricketers were seen mingling with the guests and fans who had attended the weddings and other functions at the hotel, which was booked for the players.
Foreign players likely to miss PSL due to international duties or other domestic leagues
However, there could be concerns over the availability of many overseas players for the tournament. Many foreign cricketers can think of missing the Pakistan league due to their international duties or other domestic leagues worldwide. Most of the cricketers participating in the PSL are presently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will conclude on May 30, 2021. Thus, many foreign players are going to miss the PSL 2021. Meanwhile, it is known that the overseas players are doubtful to travel to Pakistan due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Besides the IPL and PSL, there are several international tours scheduled in June. The English cricket team will play a two-match Test series against New Zealand from June 2 to 14. Ireland will also be hosting the Netherlands from June 2 to 7. ECB has also scheduled to conduct their domestic T20 competition, Vitality T20 Blast, from June 9 to September 9.
Sri Lanka is planned to tour England in June for a three-match T20I series, whereas Bangladesh and Australia will play a series against Zimbabwe and West Indies. Also, New Zealand and India will play against each other in the final of the WTC. The mega event will be hosted in England from June 18 to 22.
Big names that appeared in the matches before the PCB announced the postponement of the league:
Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Saf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Alex Hales, Chris Lynn, Dale Stein, Tom Banton, Chris Jordon, Muhammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Liam Livingstone, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Ben Cutting, Joe Denly, Joe Clarke, Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara Sajid Mahmood, Adam Lyth, Reece Topley, Lewis Greogry, Colin Ingram, David Wiese, Porterfield, Cameron Delport, Carlos Braithwaite, Chadwick Walton, Sherfane Rutherford, Ben Dunk, Daniel Christian.