The 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League came to a halt in March due to the enormous coronavirus outbreak. The tournament had to be sidelined after the league stages after a few matches were played behind closed doors as a precautionary measure to the COVID-19 virus. Then the PSL franchises wanted the remaining games to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has declined the request and stated that the remaining matches would take place in Pakistan itself. The 5th edition of the league is set to be the first to be entirely played in Pakistan. In a recent meeting of the PSL Governing Council, October-November was being decided as an apt window for the rest of the tournament.
It has also been discovered that if the coronavirus pandemic continues, then the formula will be formed to hand over the trophy and distribute the reward money. In the meantime, the PCB has also started a process to refund the tickets for the games, which were played in front of the empty stands.
“Of course, the future of the PSL is critical to the PCB and the franchisees and, as such, there was a continued commitment to make it a bigger, better, and stronger brand,” PCB chief Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying in Sportskeeda.
“The PCB and the franchisees expressed determination that they will continue to work together to resolve all pending matters and ensure all parties continue to flourish and benefit from what is now one of the biggest and most followed cricket leagues in the world,” he added.
The 4 teams, going into the playoffs have already been decided. Multan Sultans, led by Shan Masood, finished at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 matches Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars are the other 3 teams to make their way into the second round.
In fact, it’s for the first time that the Qalandars, led by Sohail Akhtar, managed to get themselves up from the last position after ending as the cellar occupants in the first 4 editions. Pakistan cricket is set to resume in the month of August with the tour of England.