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PSL 6: UAE authorities allow chartered flights from India and South Africa to land in Abu Dhabi

The PCB faced a long delay in getting visas for the Indian and South African members of PSL and only managed to get them by Thursday.

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In a major relief to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Indian and South African members of the contingent have been granted permission to land in UAE. The PSL bound players, officials and broadcasting crew were set to leave for UAE on May 27 but their departure was delayed as UAE authorities had not issued permission to PCB for landing chartered flights from India and South Africa. The other members, however, boarded the flights for Abu Dhabi after few hours of delay.

“The Abu Dhabi sports council has now written a letter to its immigration authority to allow the landing of the chartered flights from Mumbai and Johannesburg,” a PCB official said.

The PCB faced a long delay in getting visas for the Indian and South African members and only managed to get them by Thursday. Around 250 members of the contingent landed in Abu Dhabi from Karachi and Lahore and are currently undergoing quarantine in their hotels.

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“The Abu Dhabi sports council has now written a letter to its immigration authority to allow the landing of the chartered flights from Mumbai and Johannesburg,” a PCB official said.

The official further revealed that the PCB is yet to receive visas for around 20 players and officials which they will get by Friday, adding that the remaining members will also leave for Abu Dhabi on May 29.

A source close to the PCB disclosed that PCB was set to bear heavy losses on staging the event in Abu Dhabi but they have convinced the franchises to take a small cut on their earnings. The PSL 6 has been a rigid ride for the PCB but everything seems sorted out now. The tournament is likely to get underway from June 5.

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