Last week on Thursday, the sixth edition of the Pakistan League (PSL) came to a halt – for nobody knows whether it will be a temporary one, or a quash altogether. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is determined to complete the season this year and they are eyeing the window of either the month of September or November.
After more than half-a-dozen positive covid cases, the PSL 2021 was postponed – 14 matches, in 11 days, were completed out of the 34 total scheduled.
With the players and officials placed in immediate quarantine, the board might have thought of resuming the tournament at the end of March. However, Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, will tour South Africa for 3 ODIs and 4 T20Is. hence that option is not feasible as delaying that tour will sour their relations with Cricket South Africa. Also, Chartered flight are already been booked for the Pakistan team.
September window seems viable for completion of PSL 2021
April and May will clash with the IPL. The month of June is also unlikely to host the PSL as not only the weather is extremely hot, but also England players who are not in the national side will participate in the Vitality Blast.
The francshies and the board are vying the window of September as no major international cricket will be played during that time; or in November after the T20 World Cup. These two options are looking viable at the moment for the PCB to resume and conclude the season.
“We will be looking at other windows and we hope to play the event at a later time. What’s taking place right now is that we are carefully and slowly exiting, exiting players from our environment so that we can safely get them out and they can start to travel to wherever they need to travel in terms of moving forward. But we want to continue and finish the PSL,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said.
“As we did with the fifth season, we found a window and we finished those matches. It’s firmly our belief that we will continue to aim to do that and find a window at a later date,” he added.