Franchises Want Rest of PSL 2021 Shifted from Karachi to UAE

Franchises Want Rest of PSL 2021 Shifted from Karachi to UAE
05.05.2021,12:05 100 0

After Pakistan witnessed a fresh spike in Covid-19 cases, the PCB has been requested by all six Pakistan Super League (PSL) teams to move the rest of the rescheduled competition to UAE from Karachi. Last week, the franchises sent a letter to Pakistan cricket’s governing body. The request is reportedly being considered and the current plans being reviewed.

PSL to Resume on 2 June

The plan, as things stand, requires an assembly of the six teams in Karachi by 23 May when the mandatory 7-day quarantine will begin, before the remainder of the PSL resumes on 2 June. The competition will feature 16 league-stage games, the last of which will take place on 14 June. The playoffs will take place from 16 to 18 June before the title clash scheduled to be played on 20 June.

Pakistan Experiences Spike in Covid-19 Cases

Over a week, Pakistan has registered a daily average of about 4500 Covid-19 cases — the highest caseload after the first wave in 2020 — with parts of the country in partial lockdown. From 20 February to 3 March, Karachi hosted 14 matches of PSL 2021 before the PCB suspended the competition after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases among support staff as well as players. The PCB finalised a resumption date for the competition and allowed the franchises to take part in a replacement draft to plug gaps in their squads to replace overseas players who were not available on the new dates.

                                                     Replacement Draft of PSL 2021
FranchiseNew Players RecruitedPlayers Replaced
Islamabad UnitedJanneman Malan; Usman KhawajaAlex Hales; Lewis Gregory; Phil Sait
Karachi KingsLiton Das; Martin Guptill; Najibullah Zadran; Thisara PereraColin Ingram; Dan Christian; Joe Clarke; Md Nabi
Lahore QalandarsCallum Ferguson; James Faulkner; Joe Burns; Seekkage Prasanna; Shakib al HasanDavid Wiese; Joe Denly; Rashid Khan; Samit Patel; Tom Abell
Multan SultansGeorge Linde; Mahmudullah; Obed McCoy; Rahmanullah GurbazAdam Lyth; Carlos Brathwaite; Chris Lynn; James Vince
Peshawar ZalmiFabian Allen; Fidel Edwards; Rovmann PowellLiam Livingstone; Mujeeb ur Rahman; Ravi Bopara; Saqib Mahmood; Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Quetta GladiatorsAndre RussellDale Steyn; Tom Banton

Spike in Cases Has Made Franchises Nervous

The franchises are reportedly nervous following the spike in Covid-19 cases in Pakistan. Inbound flights to Pakistan have been curtailed from 5 to 20 May, according to a decision announced by the government. A stricter lockdown in the country has also been hinted at by the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC). However, shifting the competition to the UAE will be accompanied by new operational and logistical issues. Currently, there are few scheduled flights from Pakistan to UAE. Given the oppressive heat at the time of year, the month of June does not usually feature cricket in the UAE.

PCB Open to the Idea of Shifting PSL out of Pakistan

The PCB will reportedly adhere to NCOC guidelines in the matter. No final decision has been taken on the host venue for the rest of the PSL. However, the PCB is said to be open to the idea of playing the remaining matches outside of Pakistan, if the risk of playing the remaining games in Pakistan were estimated by the NCOC to be too high.

UK Based Company Hired to Establish Biosecure Bubble

After the PSL was initially suspended, a two-member committee comprising of specialists on infectious diseases was formed by the PCB to investigate the outbreak of Covid-19 cases within a biosecure bubble. The committee submitted a report to the PCB which has not made the details thereof public. Dr Sohail Saleem, the head of the PCB’s medical department, was released and the doctor claimed that he was made a scapegoat to protect the real culprits. After being criticised for its handling of the Covid-19 situation in the first instalment of the competition, the PCB has hired a UK-based safety and technology firm to establish an improved biosecure bubble for the remainder of the tournament. 

Liked? Share:
0   voted

Responses (0)

Similar news
Qualifier One Dream11 Prediction United vs Qalandars, June 21
Qualifier One Dream11 Prediction United vs Qalandars, June 21
Read more

In this article, we preview Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars, our predicted Qualifier One game to be played at Abu Dhabi on June 21.  Team Islamabad United Report Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Asif Ali, Brandon King, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmad, Md Akhlaq, Hasan Ali, Zafar Gohar, Fawad Ahmed, Akif Javed Lahore  Team Lahore Qalandars Report […]

PSL 2021 Prediction: United Will Play Qalandars in Qualifier One
PSL 2021 Prediction: United Will Play Qalandars in Qualifier One
Read more

We predict that Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars will finish in the top two positions on the points table of PSL 2021 and clash in the qualifier one to be played on June 21 in Abu Dhabi. Although, Qalandars are yet to play their last league game versus Sultans, we expect Qalandars to win that […]

Dream11 PSL 2021 Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United: Match 30, June 19
Dream11 PSL 2021 Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United: Match 30, June 19
Read more

In this article, we preview Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United, match 30 of the PSL 2021 to be played at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on 19 June.  Team Multan Sultans Report Shan Masood, Md Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Shimron Hetmyer, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Khan, Imran Tahir. Team […]

Dream11 PSL 2021 Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings: Match 29, June 19
Dream11 PSL 2021 Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings: Match 29, June 19
Read more

In this article, we preview Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings, match 29 of the PSL 2021 scheduled for 19 June at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Team Quetta Gladiators Report Jake Weatherald, Usman Khan, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azam Khan, M Nawaz, Hassan Khan, U Shinwari, Zahoor Khan, M Hasnain, K Shahzad. Team Karachi Kings […]

Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United: June 19, PSL 2021 Prediction
Read more

We preview Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United, the much-awaited match of the second leg of the PSL 2021 to be played on June 19 in Abu Dhabi. With the league inching closer to the playoffs, Sultans are currently 4th, while United are perched at the top of the points table. Match Predictions and Team Previews […]

Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings: June 19, PSL 2021 Prediction
Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings: June 19, PSL 2021 Prediction
Read more

In this article, we preview Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings, match 29 of the PSL 2021 to be played on June 19 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Gladiators are currently at the bottom of the points table, while Kings are a rung above them. Match Predictions and Team Previews Analysis The sides last […]