The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 which was suspended halfway through due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a breach in the bio-bubbles is unlikely to resume again in June 2021 as was decided earlier. With the second wave of the pandemic wreaking havoc and showing no signs of stopping and also with several players reluctant to travel at the moment, the organizers have reportedly decided to postpone the remainder of the season again.
As of now, the idea is to conduct the tournament next year in January in UAE. UAE was also the venue decided for the supposed June 2021 restart. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi government reportedly gave clearance to hold the tournament but stated that everyone must have been vaccinated. Therefore, the organizers have decided to postpone the PSL and the official announcement is expected to be out today.
Confusion lingers among organizers of the Pakistan Super League
A meeting was held yesterday between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and all the franchises of the PSL where various ideas were discussed. Among these was holding the tournament in January 2022 which would mean that the next edition of the tournament scheduled for February 2022 would have to be delayed. Another suggestion was to hold the tournament in Karachi next month as the situation there with regard to COVID-19 is better. However, the extreme heat in the city which is expected to hit next month discouraged them from going ahead with the plan.
Therefore, January 2022 seems the likely option. Further, PSL franchises were supposedly unhappy with how the PCB handled things. They believed that the highest officials of the PCB like Chairman Ehsan Mani or the Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan should have gone to UAE for talks with the government about holding the tournament instead of sending a team of officials like they did. It is noteworthy that PSL’s Indian counterpart – the Indian Premier League is also in a similar situation with regard to rescheduling.