Next two days 'extremely important', say sources: PSL 2021

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regards the next two days as "very important," as the Emirates Cricket Board will inform the PCB whether or not it will host the remaining PSL 2021 matches in the UAE.

The PSL sixth edition was delayed in early March after a pair of players and support staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

Since then, the PCB has planned to hold the league's remaining matches in the UAE, as social events and other sports activities have been suspended in Pakistan due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

According to sources, the Emirates Cricket Board will report back to the PCB on the remaining PSL 2021 matches in the next two days, as Eid holidays will have ended in the UAE by then.

According to sources, the PCB is hoping for a decisive response from the Emirates Cricket Board after receiving "positive signals" from the latter. They also mentioned that Abu Dhabi could be a possible venue for the PSL's remaining 20 matches.

According to reports, the matches are already being rescheduled as the board intends to complete the league by June 20.

The Emirates Cricket Board is awaiting word from the UAE government about whether the country will be able to host the league's remaining matches. A four-member PCB delegation is also in the UAE for talks about the matter.

Waseem Khan, the CEO of the PCB, is scheduled to return to the country from England in the coming days to assess the situation.

According to sources, if the UAE does not give Pakistan permission to host the remaining league matches, Karachi will be used as a "backup choice." The board will then request approval from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to host matches in the city, as cases of the virus have been decreasing in the country in recent days.

"Following a meeting with the team members, and with the health and well-being of all players as a priority, the Pakistan Cricket Board has agreed to postpone the Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect," the PCB said in a statement in March.

The decision was taken after seven cases were reported in the competition, which began on February 20.

Wasim Khan, the PCB's Chief Executive, arranged a press conference at the National Stadium to explain the tournament's postponement.

He stated that the PSL had to be halted because the board was unable to “effectively” implement the basic operating procedures needed for a bio-safe bubble.

Wasim told fans that the PCB would search for "other windows" to keep the remaining PSL 6 matches at a later date.

“Right now, we are cautiously and slowly exiting players from our area so that we can comfortably get them out and they can proceed to go anywhere they have to go,” Wasim said.

“It is our firm belief that we can find a window and complete those [remaining] matches,” the PCB CEO said.

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