Hampshire rope in Colin de Grandhomme for 2021 T20 Blast
4 May 2021
The Covid-19 which forced the postponement of the Pakistan Super League’s sixth edition has once again come back before the restart of the same season to haunt the franchises and the board. With more than 4500 Covid-19 cases being reported daily for the past week, the country is now seeing a new surge, which might be the second wave.
Due to this rise in the Covid cases, the franchises have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to relook its decision of holding the league in Karachi and given the United Arab Emirates as the alternate choice, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
The PSL is to resume on June 2 with 16 league-stage matches slotted between June 2 to June 14 at the National Stadium in Karachi. All the players have been asked to assemble by May 23 for mandatory seven-day quarantine. The playoffs are scheduled for June 16 and June 18, and the final on June 20.
The problem in taking league is not only financial but the heat of June is almost intolerable in the Emirates and not at all fit for playing sports. The sixth edition of the PSL was postponed due to a rise in covid cases in the bio-bubble. A total of 14 league matches were played between February 20 and March 3.
Recently, PSL held a draft and picked new foreign recruits to fill in the loopholes of the teams as most of the foreign stars earlier part of various teams are now busy in County cricket and international duties.