The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the PSL 2021 remaining matches will be held from June 9 to June 24. The statement was made on Thursday afternoon after a series of discussions revealed that the PCB would not be able to start the tournament on June 7 as planned.
“The remaining matches of the PSL 6 will be played from June 9-24 in Abu Dhabi. There will be a total of six double-headers including one in the play-off stages,” a PCB spokesperson clarified.
“Matches on the usual days will start at 9:00pm PST while in the case of double-headers, the first match will start at 6:00pm PST and the second match will be played at 11:00pm PST,” he stated, adding that the detailed match schedule will be announced in due course.
The news came as a relief to all PSL stakeholders, including fans, who had been looking forward to the league's comeback after it was abruptly suspended in early March owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.