Pakistan’s flagship cricket tournament, Pakistan Super League (PSL) is making a return to the UAE to host its remaining matches following a postponement last February after some players tested positive for Coronavirus.
Halfway through the 2021 edition, PSL organizers announced the tournament to be suspended as seven cricketers tested positive for Covid-19. Rumors about some players breaching the bio-bubble swirled on the internet ahead of the suspension.
Yesterday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced they’ve received approvals by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and UAE authorities to host the remaining 20 matches of the 2021 edition. All the matches will take place in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, from 1st-20th June.
“We are grateful to the UAE government, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and patronage in ensuring all final obstacles were removed, which has firmly put us in a position to complete our marquee event.”Wasim Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief
It’s only fitting to say the UAE is garnering a reputation as a favored destination to host sporting events. 2020 saw Abu Dhabi host a series of UFC fights at Yas Island, followed by the capital city, Dubai and Sharjah hosting the highly-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL).
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This year, we’ve seen Abu Dhabi host the T10 league, followed by PSL set to take place in June, and it looks like the UAE stands a chance to host the second half of the IPL again after the tournament reported a Coronavirus outbreak earlier this month.
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(Featured photograph credit: Pakistan Super League)