PSL 2021 could resume in May.
- Pakistan Super League 2021 was postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases
- As per a report, the Pakistan Cricket Board could resume PSL in May
- There are chances of the PSL’s fixtures clashing with IPL’s if PCB restarts the tournament in May
The 6th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) came to an abrupt stoppage after 7 COVID-19 cases were confirmed. A bio-bubble breach case was reported even before the start of the tournament and the number of COVID-19 continued to rise as the league progressed.
On Thursday (March 4), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took the call of postponing the league. In 2020 as well, PCB had to call off the second-round matches after Alex Hales showed COVID-19 symptoms. The foreign players will soon leave the country while those who are COVID-19 positive will be able to fly back home after testing negative.
Like 2020, the PCB hopes to stage the remainder of the fixtures this time as well. And as per ESPNcricinfo, the league could resume in May, which could very see the tournament’s fixture clashing with the second-round matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The BCCI hasn’t announced the fixtures of the league but as per TOI, the tournament will kick off in the second week of April. The ongoing India-England series ends on March 28 and the Indian players are expected to be given much-needed rest, which could see the tournament starting in the second week only.
Should the fixtures extend till May, the IPL-bound players with PSL contracts will have to make the tough call. The likes of Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings), Chris Gayle (Punjab Kings), Chris Lynn (Mumbai Indians), Imran Tahir (Chennai Super KIngs), Ben Cutting (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mohammad Nabi (Sunrisers Hyderabad) plied their trade in PSL 2021.
It will be interesting to see if they choose to play IPL or PSL if the situation arises. In 2020, PCB staged the second-round matches of PSL after IPL. du Plessis, Tahir and Sherfane Rutherford had landed in Pakistan after completing their IPL commitments.