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PSL 2021: PCB gets green signal to hold remaining matches in Abu Dhabi, say sources

PCB to join heads with franchises to figure out operational details as PSL 2021 heads to the UAE

By Web Desk
May 18, 2021
A file photo of a crowd during a match. — File photo

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been given the green signal by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to hold the 20 remaining matches of the sixth edition of the cricket league in Abu Dhabi, as per a report on Geo News.

The development took place today, as the PCB anxiously waited for the UAE government to give clearance to the ECB.

As soon as the ECB obtained clearance from the UAE authorities on holding the PSL matches in Abu Dhabi, the decision was conveyed to the PCB, confirmed the source.

The PCB is now focusing on the operational aspect of the league, figuring out how to take the players to Abu Dhabi and will reach out to franchises to apprise them about the SOPs that they will need to abide by in the UAE.

PCB gets green signal to host PSL matches in UAE: report

A report had previously claimed that the PCB received a green signal from the UAE authorities to hold the remaining matches of the sixth edition of the PSL there.

However, it is not clear yet whether the matches will be played in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, The News had reported on Monday.

The UAE authorities have made it mandatory for all players and officials to undergo a 10-day quarantine.

The sixth edition of the PSL was postponed in early March after a couple of players and support staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

Only 14 matches of the tournament had been played when the pandemic forced the PCB to suspend the tournament.

Ever since then, the PCB has been hopeful of conducting the remaining matches of the league in the UAE, as social gatherings and other sports activities remain banned in Pakistan owing to a surge in COVID-19 cases.