PSL 2021: Delayed departure keeps 233 members waiting in hotels as PCB awaits landing permits from UAE government

According to reports, the Pakistan Board has called an urgent meeting among its franchises and officials to ponder over the current scenario and they might come up with a decision very soon.
Chetan Luthra Author

Updated - 27 May 2021 5:30 pm

PSL 2021: Delayed departure keeps 233 members waiting in hotels as PCB awaits landing permits from UAE government

Even after receiving required exemptions from the UAE government and travel visas for the players and support staffs, the conclusion of PSL 6 seems to be still covered under clouds of doubts as the massive contingent of 233 members including players, PCB officials, support staff and the production crew are currently stuck in the hotels of Karachi and Lahore.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after receiving a green signal from the Emirates Cricket Board to host the remaining 20 matches of PSL 2021 from June 5 has directed the members of all six franchises to gather in the hotels as they were supposed to fly to Abu Dhabi on May 25. But it came as a surprise as in the last 36 hours, their flights were delayed thrice and with a strict mandatory one-week quarantine to be completed before the commencement of the league, it seems like that the board will have to again reschedule or shorten the plan after the postponement of flights.

PCB still working to get approval for the visa of Indian production crew

According to reports, the Pakistan Board has called an urgent meeting among its franchises and officials to ponder over the current scenario and they might come up with a decision very soon.

Earlier, the PCB had confirmed that the UAE authorities has granted the permission for the 25 Indian nationals, who are part of the broadcasting crew to travel from India to Abu Dhabi. Also, the visa clearance for 26 South Africans, which include the likes of Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Herschelle Gibbs along with technical staff has also been confirmed by the board.

However, sources have also reported that the Indian production crew is yet to get the permission to land in UAE and the Pakistan Board is working on it.

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With the Indian and Proteas member undergoing a minimum seven-day quarantine before resuming their duties, the recent delay of the flights has once again put the fate of PSL 6 in doubt.

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