PSL 2021 Remaining Matches To Be Played From June 9-24: PCB
The uncertainty regarding the remaining matches of the PSL 2021 has finally over, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the matches will be played from June 9-24 in Abu Dhabi.
It was announced on Thursday afternoon after a series of meetings confirmed that PCB couldn’t start the tournament as per its wishes, from June 7.
“The remaining matches of the PSL 6 are scheduled from June 9-24 in Abu Dhabi. A total of six double-headers including one in the play-off stages will be there,” stated a PCB spokesperson.
“Matches on the normal days will begin at 9:00 pm PST (Pakistan Standard Time). In the case of double-headers, the first match will start at 6:00 pm PST while the second will be played at 11:00 pm PST respectively,” he said. The detailed match schedule will be announced later, he added.
The announcement provides relief for all sponsors of the PSL, including fans, who have been eagerly waiting for the remaining matches of the league after it was suspended suddenly owing to the coronavirus pandemic in early March.
Initially, these matches were scheduled to be played from June 1 in Karachi but due to an abrupt surge in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan last month, the NCOC denied the board permission to hold these matches.
The PCB then planned to shift the remaining matches to the UAE and matches to be played on the same dates were also decided. But that didn't come to execution as per the initial plan, the tournament remainder was supposed to be started from June 5 and finally, the board decided the ‘June 7’.
During all this, many issues including visa delays, permission to land for chartered flights, and quarantine procedures were faced by PCB.