The IPL continues to rule as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will have to consider its dates to hold the remaining matches of the 2020 edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). The PCB had to call off the fifth season of the tournament after the group stage due to the surge in cases of COVID-19. As per reports, the remaining fixtures would take place after the IPL.
The 13th edition of IPL was in doubt this year due to the pandemic situation. It resulted in postponement twice before the BCCI arrived in booking UAE as the venue. While the schedule for the extravaganza is yet to be released, the commencing date is of the 19th of September. On the other hand, the final would take place on the 10th of November. The teams in IPL have also begun their training.
With the COVID-19 cases reducing in Pakistan, the PCB has decided that the knockout stages would take place in November after IPL 2020. Lahore is likely to be the venue for all four matches in a bio-secure atmosphere. The dates got finalized after consulting and discussing with four playing sides Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi.
PCB unsure of the availability of foreign players:
The availability of overseas players remains a doubt; however, the PCB is optimistic of recruiting players from Asian countries at the minimum. The apex body is also considering allowing minimum spectators in the ground to watch the matches.
The remaining fixtures as decided:
Saturday, Nov 14: Qualifier (Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings) and Eliminator 1 (Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi)
Sunday, Nov 15: Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1)
Tuesday, Nov 17: Final