There has been all sorts of uncertainty looming over the rescheduled Pakistan Super League (PSL). While the tournament started in March, it came to an abrupt pause when several members inside bio-secure bubble started getting infected with COVID-19. The organisers then decided to resume it from June 1 but the growing number of cases and the prediction of a surge at the end of Eid holidays prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board to move the tournament out of the country.
However, with operational hurdles of conducting the tournament in UAE, PSL was postponed indefinitely and it looked a dead end for the T20 tournament this year. But now the PCB has confirmed that it has received all pending approvals and exemptions from the United Arab Emirates government for the staging of the remaining PSL matches in Abu Dhabi.
In addition, the board will hold a virtual meeting with the franchises later in the day to update them about the progress made as well as to finalise all details.
Grateful to the UAE government: PCB Chief Executive
"We are delighted with this development as the remaining hurdles in the staging of the remaining HBL PSL 6 matches in Abu Dhabi have been overcome and all systems are now good to go," PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan was quoted in an official release.
"We are grateful to the UAE government, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and patronage in ensuring all final obstacles were removed, which has firmly put us in a position to complete our marquee event," he added.
Khan not only thanked his staff for their efforts but hoped that fans would be able to follow and support their favourite players and teams through the live broadcast.
"The holding of the remaining matches in Abu Dhabi will allow our fans to once again follow and support their favourite players and teams through our high-quality broadcast coverage of one of the most competitive cricket leagues in the world," Khan stated.