The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that the 2021 edition of the PSL, which was suspended after a mini outbreak of the coronavirus in the bio bubble, will resume in June 2021. In a statement released by the PCB, the board said that June is a good time to resume the T20 extravaganza. Pakistan team will tour Zimbabwe in May and they are slated to depart for England in June thus the window between these two series can be utilised to complete the remaining part of PSL. As many as 20 matches are to be played in the Pakistan Super League.
“June emerged as the most preferred and practical window due to Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s international commitments in March/April and late August/September,” the PCB stated in a release on Thursday.
“The remaining 20 matches in June are now being planned following the men’s national cricket team’s return from Zimbabwe on 13 May and before their departure for England on 26 June.”
Australia’s Fawad Ahmed was the first player to test positive for the virus. Post that, a series of positive cases, which included several players and support staff forced the PCB to postpone the tournament. The board was severely criticized for being lenient on the safety of the players. Former Pakistan skipper, Inzamam ul Haq slammed the board and said that this leniency will hurt PCB, who ate trying to bring international cricket back to Pakistan.
“Some players freely went outside of the bubble, whilst some people from outside came in and out of the bubble. What exactly was this bubble about? Players can say that the arrangements in Pakistan are not adequate. This happened last time as well. This can create future problems. Other teams might have issues now.