PSL New Schedule: In a massive recent update, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially confirmed that the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will resume on 9 June in Abu Dhabi while the final of the tournament will be played on 24 June. All the remaining 20 matches will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. In the first game of the PSL resumed edition, the Lahore Qalandars will be locking horns with the Islamabad United on 9 June.
In the resumed PSL 6, there will be six double-headers with five being held during the league stage of the tournament and the final one being the Qualifier and Eliminator 1 scheduled on 21 June. In their official press release, PSL noted that both the teams, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars have already resumed their practice session on 3 June as the players and support staff have returned with three negative RT-PCR tests after completing their mandatory quarantine period.
In an important fact, PSL 6 which was originally suspended indefinitely in March earlier this year due to several Covid-19 cases being reported within the team bio-bubbles, has witnessed multiple logistical issues before this resumption. All of the six franchises had earlier requested the PCB to shift the remainder part of the T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi due to the current covid situation in Pakistan.
“We are grateful and thankful for the support and backing we have received from the UAE and Pakistan governments. I would like to thank the England & Wales Cricket Board for their flexibility, the Emirates Cricket Board, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, as well as all the franchise owners for backing our approach and supporting our decision-making. In addition, the players, fans and officials have remained patient with us during the last two weeks and for that I offer my thanks,” said PCB Chief Wasim Khan
“Since its inception in 2016, the HBL PSL has embraced and overcome numerous challenges, only to emerge as a stronger and competitive league year-on-year. The enhancement and credibility of the HBL PSL brand remains critical to the PCB and I am pleased that we have continued to take decisive actions in the face of ongoing pressures and major challenges outside of our control over the last 10 days,” he added.
The Pakistan national team is supposed to leave for Manchester on 25 June straightaway from Abu Dhabi after the PSL Final.
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