The Pakistan Cricket Board, on Thursday announced Abu Dhabi as the new host for the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 after getting all the “approvals and exemptions” needed to shift the competition in the United Arab Emirates.
The tournament was suspended in March after several players and support staff on the six teams tested positive for COVID-19.
“Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed it has received all outstanding approvals and exemptions from the United Arab Emirates government for the staging of the remaining 20 HBL Pakistan Super League matches in Abu Dhabi,” the board said in a statement.
On Wednesday, PCB had said it would be forced to postpone the remaining PSL 6 matches if it doesn’t get the required approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE in the next 24 hours. The board and the six franchise owners planned to talk later Wednesday to finalize arrangements.
“We are delighted with this development as the remaining hurdles in the staging of the remaining (league) matches in Abu Dhabi have been overcome and all systems are now good to go,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.
The league is scheduled to finish in June prior to the national team’s departure for its England tour. In early May, the Indian Premier League was suspended indefinitely after outbreaks on three teams amid a surge in coronavirus infections nationwide.