The Pakistan Super League (PSL) hit yet another roadblock as the 16 members of the broadcasting crew, who are in quarantine in Abu Dhabi since May 28, are yet to receive clearance from the Abu Dhabi Health Ministry and National Emergency Crisis and Disaster management.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is looking to start the second leg of PSL from June 7. However, for that to happen, the broadcasting crew should be exempted from quarantine by June 5. With each day worth gold for PCB, any delay can mess up their PSL plans.
“The PCB is still awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Health of Abu Dhabi to allow 16 members of the broadcasting crew from India and SA to cover the event which has already led to the delay of Pakistan team’s departure to England by two days,” a PCB official said.
The PCB, however, is confident that they will get the required permissions by Thursday (June 3). If the authorities do not give permissions on Thursday, it will be difficult to start the PSL on June 7 as Friday (June 4) and Saturday (June 5) are public holidays in Abu Dhabi.
Earlier, the Pakistan team was set to depart for UK on June 23. However, the PCB pushed their departure by two days to June 25 to accommodate the PSL. Also, they planned to play three double headers in the second leg. All that will fall in place if the tournament starts on June 7. Any delay, even of two days, will get PCB into trouble. The final of the PSL is scheduled on June 24.
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