Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has just announced the remaining schedule for PSL 2020 matches that did not happen earlier in the year.
The COVID pandemic put a pause on a lot of things. It included events, award shows, conferences, and amongst them was Pakistan Super League (PSL). Happening in March, the PSL 2020 witnessed an abrupt stop, and PCB announced that it was going on a hiatus. With four matches still left, no one knew how to progress.
The Pandemic and Pakistan
However, now, even though COVID is not entirely gone, but we have reached a point where we have established some precautionary measures against the pandemic. And by getting to this point, we have witnessed the lockdown ending, we see the gradual reopening of schools, and the work-from-home system disappearing as well.
Since the SOPs have been crafted with careful brainstorming, holding the PSL does not seem that dangerous. And hence PCB decided to continue with the four remaining matches, and it kind of makes sense. I mean, they can’t have PSL 2020 games in 2021 now, can they?
PSL 2020: Location and Schedule
So by consulting with the four teams who will be involved, the schedule stands released. According to the schedule, the matches will be held in November. And all of them will take place in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Well, they had to do it before December if they were ever going to do it.
Anyway, the schedule stands somewhat like this. The qualifier match and eliminator one will happen on November 14. Multan Sultans vs. Karachi Kings will be in the Qualifier round, whereas Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi will be playing the Eliminator 1.
November 15 will witness the game between the loser of Qualifier and the winner of eliminator 1 face to face. It all leads up to the final on November 17.
The PCB position
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan stated:
“This announcement puts speculations to bed and provides absolute clarity and ample time for teams to plan and prepare for these crunch matches. It was necessary at this stage to state our intent and lock these dates in the diary in the best interest of the teams and the tournament.
“The hosting of the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 matches also endorses Pakistan’s resilience in overcoming difficulties and challenges no matter what nature. PCB is planning to hold its 2020-21 domestic season, which will include several age-group, men and women competitions, as well as home international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa.”
The dates have been decided with mutual consultation, but the timing has not been determined yet. We will keep a lookout for the time, so you keep a lookout on our article. Deal?
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