The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the remaining matches of the PSL 2021 will be played from June 9-24.
“The remaining Pakistan Super League 6 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi from June 9-24, before the Pakistan men’s side’s departure for Manchester from the UAE capital on June 25,” said a statement issued by the PCB.
The board said that the Abu Dhabi leg of the PSL will have six double headers. It said that five of those will be played during the preliminary round and the sixth will be played on June 21 when the knockout matches will be played.
“These matches will start at 1700 UAE time (1800 PKT time) and 2200 UAE time (2300 PKT time), respectively, while the single-headers will begin at 2000 UAE time (2100 PKT time),” said the PCB regarding the schedule.
The announcement came as a relief for all stakeholders of the PSL, including fans, who have been eagerly anticipating the return of the league after it was abruptly suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in early March.
These matches were initially planned to be played from June 1 in Karachi but a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in the country last month forced the NCOC to deny the PCB permission to hold these matches.
The PCB then planned to move the matches to the UAE, and for the matches to be played on the same dates. However, that didn’t come to fruition as according to the initial plan, the remainder of the tournament was supposed to be kicked off from June 5 and then June 7 was the date decided by the board.
After a lot of suspense and delay, June 9 was confirmed as the final date.
Issues like visa delays, permission to land for chartered flights and quarantine protocols were the major obstacles faced by the cricket board.
The final schedule is given below:
|June 9||Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 10||Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings||6pm PST, 5pm UAE time|
|June 10||Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars||11pm PST, 10pm UAE time|
|June 11||Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 12||Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 13||Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars||6pm PST, 5pm UAE time|
|June 13||Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi||11pm PST, 10pm UAE time|
|June 14||Islamabad United v Karachi Kings||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 15||Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars||6pm PST, 5pm UAE time|
|June 15||Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings||11pm PST, 10pm UAE time|
|June 15||Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 17||Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi||6pm PST, 5pm UAE time|
|June 17||Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars||11pm PST, 10pm UAE time|
|June 18||Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 19||Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings||6pm PST, 5pm UAE time|
|June 19||Multan Sultans v Islamabad United||11pm PST, 10pm UAE time|
|June 21||Qualifier (1 v 2)||6pm PST, 5pm UAE time|
|June 21||Eliminator 1 (3 v 4)||11pm PST, 10pm UAE time|
|June 22||Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1)||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|
|June 24||Final||9pm PST, 8pm UAE time|