The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly initiated talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host the remaining matches of the postponed Pakistan Super League in the UAE. As of now, the tournament is scheduled to commence on June 1 . Notably, the tournament was postponed in March this year after several cases of COVID-19 infections were reported inside the bio-bubble. A PCB official has gone on record confirming that the talks have indeed started between the two boards.
”Things are being worked out but importantly the ECB has expressed its confidence that it can host the PSL matches even at a short notice,” the PCB official was quoted in a PTI report.
There could be a spike in positivity rate in Pakistan in June
The official added that although PCB was keen to host the remaining matches in Karachi from June 1, the National Command and Operations Centre which oversees all COVID-19 related issues in the country believes there could be a spike in the positivity rate in June after the Eid Holidays.
”It is with great difficulty and work that International cricket has returned to Pakistan so we have to look at this angle also since we have two or three top teams like England and New Zealand due to tour Pakistan later this year,” the official said.
”Once we get the cost details about having the event in UAE we will talk to the franchises and decide what to do. One thing is clear: the PSL 6 remaining games can only be held in June because there is no other window available this year,” he added.