Due to operational challenges, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to postpone the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
There was some confusion about the remainder of the season, with PCB planning to host matches in the UAE after opting out of Karachi. The persistently poor COVID-19 condition in Pakistan necessitated the relocation of the remaining matches, and according to sources, the PCB conducted discussions with the Emirates Cricket Board to arrange the league in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
The league has now been delayed once again, which is a major setback for the PCB.
The league was scheduled to begin on 1st June, but it remains to be seen if PCB can proceed following this setback. With several national team tours and the ICC T20 World Cup taking place this year, the odds of staging the remainder of the sixth iteration of the PSL seem slim.
The league was previously suspended on 4th March after several players and personnel tested positive for COVID-19 within the bio-secure bubble.
The PCB’s Response Wasim Khan, the PCB’s Chief Executive, stated:
“Through online dialogue, we informed team owners that the PCB had been informed that the PSL had been approved by the UAE’s related authorities. However, clarifications on specific exemption requests are still pending and are due on Thursday”.
“The team owners decided that until we get clarification by Thursday afternoon, they would be forced to order postponement of the remaining 20 matches.”
“In the meantime, we will maintain contact with the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board, all of whom are equally committed to hosting the event.”