The Emirates Cricket Board has reportedly given permission to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold the remaining Pakistan Super League matches in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. However, the go-ahead from the United Arab Emirates has been given on the condition that all participants are vaccinated against Covid-19. PSL 2021 was suspended in March after numerous players and staff tested positive across all franchises.
The development, which took place on Wednesday, will now lead the PCB to hold a meeting with the six Pakistani Super League franchises to decide whether or not the plans will ultimately be executed. Although the venue issue has been resolved, there is still a challenge for all participants, including players, match officials, and broadcast and production personnel, to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The challenge facing the board is not easy, as the tournament partners come from all over the world where vaccination campaigns are at different stages in various countries. In addition to this development, there is also the problem of flight restrictions imposed by the UAE government in certain countries where the impact of the pandemic is severe.
As for some fans who are excited about the news and hopeful to see the remaining games of the tournament, the decision has also received criticism. Witnessing the latest developments regarding PSL 2021, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad said: “In these times of crisis, we should focus more on saving lives than playing cricket. The whole world has been affected by the coronavirus. ”
The competition was scheduled to resume on June 1. Since there is so much uncertainty due to the pandemic, it is unlikely that PSL 2021 will start on the proposed date as players will have to undergo quarantine in addition to being vaccinated. The meeting with the franchises will decide the final verdict for the continuation of PSL 2021.