Lahore has been chosen as the venue to host the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 fixtures after five of the six franchise owners urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to shift the tournament there, The News reported today.
In a virtual meeting chaired by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, the franchise owners shared their concerns regarding the postponement of the league after multiple Covid-19 cases emerged among the players and officials.
“Five out of the six franchises urged the PCB to shift the remaining matches of the PSL 2021 to Lahore,” a PCB official told The News.
While the Punjab government has given green signal to host the fixtures, the final decision regarding the matter will be taken in the next meeting which is going to be held in the coming days.
Lahore was originally scheduled to host 14 of the 34 matches of the PSL 6 from March 10 onwards, which included the final of the competition.
Meanwhile, in the same meeting, the franchise owners complained about their lack of involvement in the planning of the tournament. They also demanded to be taken into confidence over the bio-secure bubble for the remaining fixtures.
Chairman Mani assured the franchise owners that there will be nothing to complain in future.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Chief Operating Officer Slaman Naseer and Director Commercial Babar Hamid also attended the meeting.
The Board is to complete the sixth edition most likely by June because the national team will be touring England for an ODI and T20I series and from there it will fly to the West Indies. On their return, Pakistan will host England and New Zealand from September, leaving no room for PCB to organize the event at a later stage.
The official said there was also a possibility of PSL resuming later this month in case of postponement of the tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.