- NCOC, PCB assembly to resolve on venue for remaining PSL matches to be held round Eid-ul-Fitr days.
- Franchises have requested the PCB to shift the venue for remaining matches to the UAE.
- PCB, nonetheless, is in no temper to shift the venue from Karachi to the UAE.
ISLAMABAD: An vital assembly of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) officers round Eid will decide the place the remaining matches of the PSL 2021 are held.
The matches are scheduled to be held in Karachi however considerations have been rising ever since Pakistan reported a surge in coronavirus circumstances and contemporary restrictions on social gatherings have been ramped up throughout the nation.
An NCOC official has advised ‘The News’ that the NCOC is in fixed contact with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) amid the unstable Covid-19 state of affairs in Karachi — the host metropolis for the remaining Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) VI matches in June.
“We stay in touch regularly with the PCB and all other sporting units planning to either host the events or requiring vaccination for their athletes. We are closely monitoring the whole situation. A meeting with the PCB officials is expected to be held around Eid — possibly just after the holidays to decide on the PSL VI matches scheduled in Karachi,” he said.
“No one should have any doubts that the NCOC has already started implementing the strictest of measures to stop the spread of the virus. The timely decisions are important to keep the country safe from the spread of the virus,” the official added.
The PCB had determined to host remaining matches of the league within the Nationwide Stadium of Karachi from June 1 in any case franchises wrote to the PCB to do the identical.
Now, it’s believed that these franchises have additionally forwarded a request that remaining matches ought to now be shifted to the backup venue — UAE.
“Yes, such a request has been forwarded to the PCB and it is up to the board to decide,” one of many franchises co-owners mentioned.
Nevertheless, the PCB is in no temper to shift the match to the UAE. The board solely has three choices at its disposal in the meanwhile; both to carry the remaining matches on the Nationwide Stadium or to shift these to a backup venue in UAE or to postpone these for when the coronavirus state of affairs improves subsequent 12 months.
The second half of the present 12 months is sort of busy for the PCB as Pakistan is scheduled to play back-to-back collection within the UAE, Bangladesh, West Indies moreover taking part within the T20 World Cup and internet hosting New Zealand and England.
One more reason why the PCB isn’t precisely thrilled at transferring the venue to the UAE is that it has already booked round 300 rooms at a resort in Karachi for PSL VI engagements and with premature shifting to the UAE would put the board underneath a heavy monetary burden.
PSL 6 postponed after gamers check constructive for coronavirus
The sixth version of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) was additionally postponed in March this 12 months after a few gamers and officers examined constructive for the virus within the bio-secure bubble.
Following a gathering with the crew homeowners and contemplating the well being and wellbeing of all contributors is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has determined to postpone the Pakistan Tremendous League 6 with speedy impact, a press release by the PCB had learn.
It mentioned that the choice was made after seven circumstances have been reported within the competitors, which had began on February 20.
PCB Chief Govt Wasim Khan had held a media convention on the Nationwide Stadium to debate the match’s postponement.
He had mentioned that PCB needed to put the PSL on maintain as they weren’t “effectively” in a position to implement the usual working procedures required for a bio safe bubble.
Wasim had assured followers that the PCB will probably be in search of “other windows” to carry the remaining matches of the PSL 6 at a later date.
“What’s taking place right now is that we are carefully and slowly exiting players from our environment so that we can safely get them out and they can start to travel wherever they need to travel,” defined Wasim.
“It’s firmly our belief that we will find a window and finish those [remaining] matches,” the PCB CEO had mentioned.