The sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been postponed indefinitely.
The decision came a day after United Arab Emirates government had given the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) the go-ahead to host the remaining games of PSL 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
According to sources, despite UAE government’s permission staging remaining matches of the PSL is impossible due to tough conditions of the UAE government.
On Tuesday, the Abu Dhabi government had given the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) the go-ahead to host the remaining games of PSL 2021 at the location.
However, the government has put forward a special condition, stating that everyone involved in the tournament should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The rescheduled PSL 2021 was initially set to take place in Pakistan from June 1-20, with all games taking place in Karachi.
However, a worsening COVID-19 situation in the country, combined with lockdowns prompted franchises to request the PCB to move the remainder of the tournament to the UAE.
The situation prompted the PCB to approach the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for permission, and multiple media reports have confirmed the same has been granted.
While the tournament was initially slated to begin on June 1, it remains to be seen how the venue change alters the PSL 2021 schedule.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stage the remaining matches of the sixth edition of event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) amid surge in coronavirus cases during the third wave.
All six teams had sent a letter to PCB and the board reviewed the situation. The board had approached the National Command Operations Center (NCOC) officials in response to the franchisee’s demand and the board.
The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) had not been in favor of staging remaining PSL matches in Pakistan amid surge of coronavirus case during third wave of pandemic.
The NCOC had asked the PCB to stage remaining matches in UAE.
The 2021 edition of the PSL was suspended after 14 games – played between February 20 and March 3 after which Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi are currently in first and second position with six points after playing five matches. While Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars also have six points after playing four matches and they are in the third and fourth position respectively.