PCB targets June window for remaining HBL PSL-6 matches

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Lahore

Pakistan Cricket Board and the Franchises, the PSL Governing Council, are aiming to reschedule the remaining 20 HBL Pakistan Super League 6 matches in June 2021 in Karachi.

This was unanimously agreed by the six franchise owners and the PCB in a virtual meeting held on Thursday afternoon and after taking into consideration all factors relating to event organisation, said a spokesman of the PCB here on Thursday.

“June emerged as the most preferred and practical window due to Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s international commitments in March/April and late August/September.

“The remaining 20 matches in June are now being planned following the men’s national cricket team’s return from Zimbabwe on 13 May and before their departure for England on 26 June”.

He said PCB management will now look into the operational and logistical challenges and revert to the franchise owners and stakeholders.

Earlier, after the setback, PCB decided to outsource the management of its biosecure bubble for the remaining games of the PSL, sources privy to the matter said.

In June, there might be weather-related challenges because Pakistan experiences the monsoon season and torrential rains in summer.

Moreover, speaking to media, a cricketer said close to 190 players and officials had refused to get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Pakistani cricketer told the publication that the players were not convinced about taking the vaccine which is why they refused.

He, however, added that 112 players did get themselves vaccinated. Some of the players that agreed to take the vaccine jab included Muhammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umer Gul, Umpire Ahsan Raza and others.—APP