PCB Announces PSL 2021 Schedule

PCB Announces PSL 2021 Schedule

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Pakistan Cricket Board (Credits: Twitter)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday (January 8) announced the schedule of the 6th edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL). The tournament will commence on 20 February in Karachi.

Six teams – Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, and Multan Sultans – will compete in the 34-day tournament.

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PSL 2020 champions Karachi Kings (Image Credits: Times of India)

Due to the restrictions and risks imposed by the covid-19 virus, and for the safety of the players, the PCB has decided that the tournament will be played in only two cities. The first half will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi and the next half, including the playoffs, is scheduled to be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. However, there is no decision taken hitherto regarding the crowd in the stadium.

The foreign players participating in the league are asked to arrive in Karachi with a negative PCR test. After arrival, they will require two more negative PCR tests before being allowed to train. The asymptomatic players or support staff returning a positive test will have to serve a five-day isolation period with RT-PCR tests on days one and four.

PCB Announces PSL 2021 Schedule
Karachi Kings (Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP via Getty Images)

The opening fixture of the mega-event will see title defenders, Karachi Kings square off against the 2019 champions, Quetta Gladiators.

There will be 9 doubleheaders leading up to the playoffs. The day matches will start at 2 pm; night matches to start at 7 pm; Friday’s double-headers to start at 3 pm and 8 pm, respectively.

The playoffs are of traditional style between 4 teams – Qualifier, Eliminator 1, and Eliminator 2 followed by the final which is slated for 22nd March in Lahore.

Event schedule for PSL 2021:

Sat, 20 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Sun, 21 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Mon, 22 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Tue, 23 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 24 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi

Fri, 26 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Sat, 27 Feb – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Sun, Feb 28 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi

Mon, 1 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 3 Mar – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Thu, 4 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi

Fri, 5 Mar – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi

Sat, 6 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi

Sun, 7 Mar – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 10 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); GSL, Lahore

Thu, 11 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore

Fri, 12 Mar – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Sat 13 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Sun, 14 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Mon, 15 Mar – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); GSL, Lahore

Tue, 16 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore

Thu, 18 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); GSL, Lahore

Fri, 19 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N); GSL, Lahore

Sat, Mar 20 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N); GSL, Lahore

Mon, 22 Mar – Final (N), GSL, Lahore

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