Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have confirmed that the UAE government has given the green signal to host the 20 remaining matches of the 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi. Earlier, the National Stadium in Karachi was set to host the remainder of the 2021 PSL season.
Good news has come the way of Pakistan cricket as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have confirmed that the 20 remaining matches of the 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will all be held in Abu Dhabi. The 2021 PSL season, which was suspended in March, was set to restart in June in Karachi but a steep rise in Covid cases threw a spanner in PCB’s works.
The board then zeroed in on UAE as the back-up venue, but logistical complications initially threatened to disrupt PCB’s plan. However, things have been cleared now as the PCB have confirmed that the UAE government has given the green signal to host the remainder of the PSL season in Abu Dhabi. After consulting with the franchises, the board will release an updated schedule in the upcoming days.
“Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed it has received all outstanding approvals and exemptions from the United Arab Emirates government for the staging of the remaining 20 HBL Pakistan Super League matches in Abu Dhabi,” the PCB revealed in a release.
“The PCB will now hold an online meeting with the six franchise owners later in the day to update them about the progress made as well as to finalise all details, which will be shared in due course.”
The board’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan expressed delight over the developments and insisted that details regarding the tournament will be ‘shared in due course’.
“We are delighted with this development as the remaining hurdles in the staging of the remaining HBL PSL 6 matches in Abu Dhabi have been overcome and all systems are now good to go. We are grateful to the UAE government, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and patronage in ensuring all final obstacles were removed, which has firmly put us in a position to complete our marquee event,” Wasim Khan said.
“The PCB, in consultation with the team owners, will now work at pace to finalise all event-related arrangements, details of which will be shared in due course. I take this opportunity to thank my staff for their untiring efforts and hard work that included sacrificing their Eid-ul-Fitr holidays in an effort to ensure the PCB honours its commitment to its fans to hold the remaining matches of the tournament in June.
“The holding of the remaining matches in Abu Dhabi will allow our fans to once again follow and support their favourite players and teams through our high-quality broadcast coverage of one of the most competitive cricket leagues in the world.”
The PSL 2021 table is currently topped by Karachi Kings, who also incidentally are the defending champions.