The restart of Pakistan Super League 2021 is likely to be delayed by a few days owing to the late arrival of many players, officials, and the broadcasting team.
The league was supposed to start again from June 1 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. However, the league is now expected to resume from June 9 instead of the first week of the month.
Travel Formalities and Visa Processing Delays to Blame?
The possibilities of a delayed restart first came into the picture when around 13 Pakistan Super League-bound players were barred from boarding the commercial flight to Abu Dhabi via Doha.
As per the reports online, the players didn’t have the necessary clearances to board the plane. One of those 13 players is the former Pakistan team skipper and the current skipper of Quetta Gladiators Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Consequently, the Pakistan Cricket Board decided to send those 13 cricketers back to their respective homes so they can spend more time with their families while awaiting the visa. The PCB also issued a statement saying that there can be ‘more delays in the issuance of the remaining visas.‘
The statement read that once the visas are issued, the players will undergo the mandatory PCR tests before boarding the first commercial flight to Abu Dhabi.
At the moment, around 200 players, officials, and staff members are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament. They were flown in a special chartered flight last week.
The PCB has obtained permission from the UAE and Abu Dhabi authorities to host the remainder of the league in the country.
20 matches still remain in the league (including the playoffs and the final) after which, the Pakistan national team will travel to England for bilateral limited-overs series against their hosts.
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