The Pakistan Cricket Council said on Wednesday that it would be forced to postpone the remaining PSL 6 matches if it did not receive the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE within the next 24 hours.
PCB has informed the six franchise owners in an online session that it has postponed the final decision to host the remaining matches of the Pakistani Super League 6 until Thursday.
In a statement, the PCB confirmed that it had received certain approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE, but some issues still needed to be resolved.
“If we do not get clarity by Thursday afternoon, then we have no choice but to ask for a postponement of the remaining 20 matches,” PCB CEO Wassim Khan said in a statement.
Khan’s deadline came during a detailed online discussion with the owners of the six PSL franchises about the possibility of holding the remaining league matches in Abu Dhabi.
A seven-member PCB team has been in the UAE since last week, trying to get the necessary approvals from the authorities through Emirates’ cricket board to host matches in Abu Dhabi.
But according to a reliable source, as the UAE government has banned all outbound flights from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to the UAE due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in those countries, the PCB is facing problems in obtaining approvals.
“Some of the conditions set by the UAE authorities make it almost impossible for PCB to host matches in the UAE,” said the PCB source.
PCB has scheduled the remaining PSL 6 matches from 1 to 20 June, after having to suspend the league in Karachi in March.
The decision to suspend PSL 6 was made after the successful completion of only 14 of the 34 planned games due to the growing positive cases of COVID-19 among players and officials.
The PCB then decided to hold the remaining matches in the UAE after the National Command and Operations Authority, which monitors the situation with COVID-19 in Pakistan, advised it not to hold the Games again in Karachi.
In a statement, PCB said that after detailed discussions in which all potential scenarios were considered and analyzed, it was unanimously agreed to wait for the work to be completed on Thursday (UAE) before making a final decision on hosting the remaining matches. .
“In today’s online discussion, we updated team owners that PCB has been notified that PSL has received approval from the relevant authorities in the UAE. However, some clarification is still awaited on some release requests, which are expected at some stage on Thursday.” said Khan.
“The owners of the team agreed that if we do not get clarity by Thursday afternoon, they will have no choice but to request a postponement of the remaining 20 matches.
“In the meantime, we will continue to liaise with the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board, as they are equally keen to hold the event in the UAE.”
If the remaining PSL 6 matches do not take place this year, PCB and franchise owners could face potential broadcasting revenue and losses in the millions of dollars.