UAE Continues to be the Adopted Home Ground of Pakistan
Pakistan will continue to consider the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as their adopted home ground. They will play their home tournaments there.
Moreover, a statement which was signed by both the boards confirmed in a joint press release r.evealed on Wednesday (June 27).
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) will continue to be staged in the UAE. It has been the case for the all the three editions played so far. A statement read that the matches will continue to be held in UAE.
Meanwhile, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has also decided to implement a significant reduction in costs to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), in order to reduce the capital for hosting the further tournaments.
It will be implemented with an immediate effect. UAE is also slated to host a Twenty20 and the T10 League respectively. It will be played from 10th December 2018 to 10th January 2019.
In addition, PCB has raised concerns after the Emirates board decided to start a new T20 League. They also made it clear that the Pakistan players won’t be able to take part in such competition.
As per reports in the media, PCB Chief Najam Sethi has been trying to negotiate with the Emirates management.
35-day window will be made says, Najam Sethi
It will create a 35-day window before the start of the next season PSL. And it will help PCB to make the required changes in both logistical and marketing factors.
Meanwhile, the ECB has also confirmed the fact that they won’t be hosting any T20 League or international matches when a series involving Pakistan is going on.
Pakistan has not played in their hometown for a long time. It was since the gruesome attack on the Sri Lankan team bus way back in 2009 that no top team has visited Pakistan for a full-length series.
Zimbabwe played One-day International series at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Even a World XI side toured Pakistan for a three-match T20I series.
However, cricket is still not in a position to return to Pakistan on a permanent basis and hence PCB decided to host the matches in the UAE.