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PCB mulling to hold remaining PSL ties in October

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has a tentative plan to hold the remaining four matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) soon after the end of the proposed Zimbabwe tour to the country in October.

It is learnt that as the broadcasters’ staff will also be in Pakistan, covering the white-ball internationals against Zimbabwe and most of the foreign players would be playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the same month in UAE, the availability of the foreign players would also be easy to travel to Pakistan from India for the four matches.

Initially, the PCB had the plan to start the four matches, just three days after the end of the tour of Zimbabwe team.

The PCB could not hold the last knockout round of the PSL-5 due to Covid-19 pandemic, despite changing the original schedule of play-offs under which four matches were to be played.

But after making the change, it was decided to hold both semi-finals and final in March this year.

But due to the Covid-19 situation, all knockout games were postponed, on the day when the teams had left their hotel for Qaddafi Stadium.

Now the PCB has this plan to stage these matches in Lahore, according to the play-off system instead of holding the semi-finals.

Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2020

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