The remainder of the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will take place in the United Arab Emirates between June 09-24 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the PCB said in a press release on Thursday.
There will be a total of six double-headers in the second phase of the PSL- five of them during the preliminary round and the sixth on June 21 when Qualifier and Eliminator will be played.
All the teams will train between June 02-08 before the second phase of the PSL kickstart on June o9 with Lahore Qalandars squaring off against Islamabad United. This will be the 15th match of the tournament.
PCB Chief Wasim Khan thanked the various stakeholders, the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board for making it to possible to stage the PSL amid such difficult circumstances.
“Since its inception in 2016, the HBL PSL has embraced and overcome numerous challenges, emerging as a stronger and competitive league year-on-year,” says Wasim Khan in the press release.
“The enhancement and credibility of the HBL PSL brand remains critical to the PCB and I am pleased that we have continued to take decisive actions in the face of ongoing pressures and major challenges outside of our control over the last 10 days. Everyone has worked tirelessly to find solutions and way forward, and I am delighted that we are now in a positon to announce the complete schedule,” said Wasim Khan.
“There was a consensus between the PCB and the franchises that it was imperative to complete the remaining matches in 2021 so that we have a clean 2022 for HBL PSL 7. Now, after overcoming all obstacles through due diligence and careful planning, I believe we have collectively achieved the desired objective that was set in March following the postponement,” he added.
“I can assure all the fans that our priority was always to deliver the complete tournament in Pakistan. However, due to extenuating circumstances we had to shift from that thinking for the remaining matches. Continuing to give the fans access to watch our emerging talent play alongside and against some of the world’s very best will remain a priority for the HBL PSL 7 in 2022,” he said.
“We are grateful and thankful for the support and backing we have received from the UAE and Pakistan governments. I would like to thank the England & Wales Cricket Board for their flexibility, the Emirates Cricket Board, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, as well as all the franchise owners for backing our approach and supporting our decision-making. In addition, the players, fans and officials have remained patient with us during the last two weeks and for that I offer my thanks.” said Khan.
Meanwhile, His Excellency Aref Al Awani said-
“Our long and excellent relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Ehsan Mani led to this development, which has won our government’s support with all the necessary exemptions and approvals,”
“On behalf of everyone at Abu Dhabi Cricket and Abu Dhabi Sports Council, let me welcome all competitors and wish them the very best of luck. I know their cricketing skills will entertain fans here and around the globe and help progress the sport in the UAE by attracting new and younger audiences,” he said.
Khalid Al Zarooni, the vice-chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, said that the ECB is looking forward to hosting the PSL besides wishing PCB all the best for the successful staging of the event.
”ECB is pleased to once again host the HBL PSL matches in UAE as this is the place where HBL PSL was launched six years ago. This time the matches will be hosted at our world-class facilities at Abu Dhabi. Though the global pandemic has presented its challenges, under the guidance of our Chairman His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, ECB will continue to support PCB in delivering yet another memorable event,” he said.
“Over the years UAE has developed as a preferred destination for playing cricket because of its infrastructure and ease of operations. Together with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Cricket, we will try and live up to this expectation at the HBL PSL 6 matches. I wish PCB success and look forward to witnessing high-quality cricket.” he added.
The Pakistani Cricket Team will leave for the UK on June 25 to feature in white-ball international rubbers against England following the completion of the PSL.
Check the complete schedule of PSL 06 here: