The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been a real struggle for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Just as we thought that everything is sorted out and the tournament will finally see daylight, the board has been dealt with another hurdle.
The PSL bound contingent was set to leave for Abu Dhabi today but ESPNCricinfo reported that the 233 members including PCB officials are stuck in their hotels in Pakistan as the Indian and South African members of the contingent have still not been granted the permission to land in UAE.
With a relatively small window, every minute is worth gold for the PCB and the delay is not working in their favour. It is also reported that the PCB has called an urgent meeting with the franchises to discuss the fate of PSL 6.
Earlier, the PCB planned to resume the remainder of PSL 6 from June 5 after getting the required exemptions from the UAE government. The board didn’t want any more interruptions in the T20 extravaganza and laid out strict COVID-19 protocols. However, they were jolted by the news of Quetta Gladiators’ pacer Anwar Ali testing positive for COVID-19. Also, they barred Naseem Shah, another player from Quetta Gladiators for violating COVID-19 protocols.
The PCB will be keen to sort out the issues with the UAE government as with every minute of delay, the chances of staging the PSL this year will go down considerably.
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