Pakistan Super League bound players and officials forced to return home due to visa delay

The halted PSL season 6 has been shifted to UAE and will take place in the month of June.

Abel John Author

Updated - 31 May 2021 5:17 pm

After consulting the PSL 2021 medical panel and taking into consideration that approval has been obtained to fly the remaining 13 players and officials on commercial flights from Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now made arrangements to move these personnel to their respective homes. Players and staff from Lahore and Karachi were barred from entering into flight to Abu Dhabi earlier. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now decided to move 13 of those cricketers to their respective homes and spend more time with the family until further update. According to PCB, as soon as the visas are processed, the players will undergo the mandatory RT PCR tests before boarding the first available commercial flight for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six in Abu Dhabi.

The PCB also informed that five players and officials arrived in Abu Dhabi from Karachi this afternoon via Doha, while 12 players and officials left Lahore on Sunday evening and will arrive in Abu Dhabi via Bahrain on Monday. These individuals were flown as per the exemption acquired from the UAE government.

"We regret the inconvenience that has been caused to some players and officials, but these have been due to unforeseen circumstances and unexpected challenges," said PCB Director, Commercial and PSL 6 head Babar Hamid, in an official statement.

"The PCB is working hand in glove with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Cricket Board, and trying its best to get all participants in Abu Dhabi in time so that we can hold the remaining tournament," he added.

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