The 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League, which was postponed earlier due to COVID-19, will resume from June 9 in Abu Dhabi, the PCB confirmed. The teams will be able to begin their training sessions from June 3, while the final of the tournament will be played on June 24.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday confirmed that PSL will resume from June 9 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The tournament moved to the Middle East after Pakistan, which was hosting the full tournament for the first time, failed to do so due to positive cases of COVID in bubbles.
Previously, only 15 matches were completed and now the Middle East would host the remainder of the tournament. The tournament’s grand finale will take place on June 24 and the league will feature six doubles.
Teams can begin training from June 3, which will continue until June 8, after which the tournament will begin with the first match between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars on June 9. The doubles matches will be played on June 10, 13, 15, 17. , 19 and 21 (Qualifier and Eliminator 1). PCB chief Wasim Khan stated that he was hoping to complete the tournament this time around, adding that the board is prepared to face all possible challenges.
“There was a consensus between the PCB and the franchises that it was imperative to complete the remaining matches in 2021 for us to have a clean 2022 for HBL PSL 7. Now, after overcoming all obstacles through due diligence and careful planning, I believe that collectively they have achieved the desired goal that was set in March after the postponement, “Wasim Khan said, Cricbuzz reported.
Furthermore, he stated that the board always wanted to host the tournament in Pakistan, but that they had no other choice after what happened earlier this year.
“I can assure all the fans that our priority was always to deliver the entire tournament in Pakistan. However, due to extenuating circumstances, we had to change that thinking for the remaining matches.”