PCB Considering to Schedule Pakistan Super League Finals in November
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that the remaining matches of the fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) can be held in November if the situation improves in the upcoming months amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On March 17, PCB had postponed the knockouts of PSL after a foreign player was suspected to have coronavirus symptoms. Multan Sultans were scheduled to take on Peshawar Zalmi in the first PSL semi-final while Karachi Kings were to take on Lahore Qalandars in the other last-four clash at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 17. The PSL final was scheduled to take place on March 18 evening.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan said the remaining matches may be held during the 10-day window available in November, following the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, when the fixtures could be staged.
“But we have to first sit down and discuss the situation with all the franchise owners because they are also suggestions that Multan Sultans which topped the points table should be declared winners or to have these remaining matches before the PSL-6 early next year,” he told the media in a teleconference.
In an effort to ensure the tournament reached a climax, matches were played behind closed doors while the knock-out stage was revised with two semi-finals and a final replacing the playoff format. The finale was also brought forward by four days to March 18. The measures were eventually in vain after a raft of overseas players fled Pakistan as the coronavirus spread increased.
Wasim Khan also said that the PCB might face some losses from the original PSL targets that it had set.
“The losses are in terms of the targets which were set keeping in view the smooth completion of the PSL show. But as the semi-finals and the final are yet to be played and two matches have been rained off, for which tickets will be refunded, we may face some losses,” the PCB CEO said.