Franchises not in favour of holding PSL matches in June – Reports

The source also quashed rumors of moving PSL out of Pakistan to UAE

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According to reports, some PSL franchises are not in favour of hosting the PSL matches in June and want PCB to postpone the tournament for the safety of players and officials. The Pakistan Super League is all set to resume from June 1st with all the matches being played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

“It is risky. I think human life is more precious than cricket and the PCB should postpone the remaining matches and should not put the life of players and officials at risk,” a very influential franchise source told ‘The News’ on Thursday.

The source further said that the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan was not as worse as now in March yet PCB postponed the PSL so why they are eager to go ahead with the tournament when the situation is not feasible for cricket, adding that the PCB should wait for sometime before resuming the T20 extravaganza. He also revealed that several top Pakistan and overseas players are also in favour of postponing the PSL.

“You see the Board had to postpone the event in March because of this issue. At that time the Covid spike was not as intense as it is now. So why go for that? The Board should wait,” a source said.

“Believe me some players, both Pakistan top players and a few foreign players, are also apprehensive and say that the PSL remaining part should be postponed,” the source said.

A couple of days ago there were reports that PCB is considering UAE as the venue to host the remainder of PSL. However, the source denied any such claims and said that PCB is keen to host the matches in Karachi.

“And if you postpone it in the UAE it will mean a huge financial loss for the franchises. You know Dubai is very expensive,” the source said.

“I don’t think so. If you are to shift, it needs time to settle the things there. The PCB is eager to hold it in Karachi,” the source said.

The fate of the PSL will be decided in a meeting between the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and the PCB which is expected to be held after Eid-ul-Fitr.

Also read: PCB considering moving the remaining matches of PSL out of Pakistan to UAE – Sky247 Blog

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