PCB asked to shift remaining PSL matches to UAE

LAHORE: All six franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to shift the remaining matches of the tournament to United Arab Emirates (UAE).  

According to an international cricket website, the request was made through a letter last week and the board is currently reviewing its plans. Pakistan is currently facing a rise in COVID-19 cases that could have prompted the request.

In the initial plans, the teams were supposed to arrive in Karachi on May 23 to start their seven day quarantine period. The matches were supposed to begin on June 2 culminating with the final on June 20.

Earlier, the PCB postponed the sixth edition of the HBL PSL, after multiple positive COVID-19 cases, on March 4. Seven players and one support staff official had tested positive for the virus which led to question marks over PCB’s bio-secure bubble.

Meanwhile, Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament has also been indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel told an international news agency on Tuesday.