PSL matches will be held in Abu Dhabi, PCB gets permission
By Arjit - May 21, 2021 - Last updated on Nov 30, 2021 11:55 AM
PSL matches will be held in Abu Dhabi, PCB gets permission, Now permission has been given for these matches to be held in Abu Dhabi between June 20.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said, We are happy because all the obstacles related to the PSL matches in Abu Dhabi have been removed. We are ready for it. ”After the league was postponed in March, the PCB decided to hold the remaining matches in Karachi from June 1 to 20.
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to host the remaining matches of the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Abu Dhabi after getting all kinds of clearances from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government.
After the initial 14 matches in March this year it was postponed due to corona virus cases in the bio-bubble (bio-safe environment) of this T20 league, but now permission for these matches to be held in Abu Dhabi between June 20 Has been found.
The statement issued by the PCB said, "The Pakistan Cricket Board confirms that it has obtained all kind of approval from the UAE government to organize the remaining 20 matches of the Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi.
Earlier on Wednesday, the PCB had said that if all kind of approval is not received from the UAE government in the next 24 hours, then PSL will be postponed.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said, We are happy because all the obstacles related to the PSL matches in Abu Dhabi have been removed.
We are ready for it. After the league was postponed in March, the PCB had decided to hold the remaining matches in Karachi from June 1 to 20, but it was decided to have it in the UAE in view of the threat of Covid-19 in the country.
Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim:
“The HBL Pakistan Super League 6 restart is great news for both the players and especially the fans. We were at the top of the points table in Karachi and would like to be able to sustain the run of form in Abu Dhabi too.“I am pleased with our replacements, especially Martin Guptill and Thisara Perera who have tons of T20 experience and have been proven match winners, as well as Najib, to add to a phenomenally gifted local core, led by our batting maestro Babar Azam.“Sharjeel Khan did well for us in Karachi while Mohammad Amir as always will be spearheading our bowling attack. At a personal level, I look forward to leading my team from the front in our efforts of a successful defence of our title.”
Peshawar Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz:
“We are really excited about the resumption of the HBL Pakistan Super League 6. Like the rest of the sides, we also have a rejigged squad in terms of our foreign players.“We are pleased with our replacements as the trio of Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards and Rovman Powell provide us with good T20 options. We have some seasoned T20 campaigners, Shoaib Malik, Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal provide us with that experience and skill in the batting department backed by young Haider Ali.“Mohammad Irfan, Umaid Asif and I would aim to lead the bowling attack in Abu Dhabi. Our young pacers Mohammad Imran and Amir Khan are also full of promise and potential and have a significant role to play for us in Abu Dhabi. We had a good run in Karachi and we would be aiming to further improve our performance in the remaining round matches to ensure a top two position which will help us in the play-offs.”
Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan:
“In the prevailing pandemic challenges, the return of the HBL PSL 6 is a massive boost for all of us. We have great memories of playing in the UAE, United of course won its first title there in 2016. The 2017 season proved to be a life changing one for me there, now four years later, I am really looking forward to leading my side in Abu Dhabi.“We had an excellent run in Karachi and I am confident that the team will do equally well in Abu Dhabi. Usman Khawaja provides us good foreign batting support and I am sure he will be useful for us in the top-order.“We have quality Pakistan players in our line-up, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf provide us great depth and pedigree. Hasan Ali has made great all-round contributions in recent domestic and international appearances and is at present at the peak of his prowess, we hope he will continue his great form for us especially towards the business end of the tournament.”
Lahore Qalandars captain Sohail Akhtar:
“The Karachi-leg was incredibly competitive and despite our fourth-spot we are joint on points with the three teams ahead of us. This means that we have a real shot at one of the four play-off berths and that is really exciting. This year also provides us the opportunity of changing our poor run in the UAE where we struggled to make an impression in the previous editions, we have some incredible local talent with a potent bowling attack which makes me very confident.“As a captain, I am thrilled to have players like Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf in our ranks, they provide real firepower and depth to our squad. Callum Ferguson and James Faulkner lead the line-up of our foreign replacements and we have a quality roster overall as we look forward to welcoming them in Abu Dhabi.”
“We had a tough run in Karachi, but we have the depth and pedigree in our squad to turn the tables around when we resume the action in the UAE. We would need to hit the ground running and produce the wins straight away to stay in contention for a play-offs spot and that is a challenge that will motivate both me and my squad.“Obed McCoy and Rahmanullah Gurbaz provide us depth as our foreign replacements for the Abu Dhabi-leg.“Players like Sohaib Maqsood, Usman Qadir, Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi have the ability to turn a match on its head, they can with their individual and collective brilliance, bring us right back in the hunt in Abu Dhabi. I am hopeful that we will put smiles on the Sultans’ fans faces with a strong turnaround in the remainder of the tournament.”
“The Karachi-leg was a challenging one for us as a team but we took a significant step in the last match before the suspension by becoming the first side to successfully defend a target in the HBL Pakistan Super League 6. The last result is a positive that we will carry with us in Abu Dhabi, UAE has been a great venue for us as we have done outstandingly well there in the past.“The conditions and the nature of the pitches have always suited us and we would really want to make it count as we cannot afford a slip-up. We look forward to welcoming Andre Russell to our ranks, his presence, rich T20 experience and sheer star power will definitely help us in the remainder of the tournament.“Besides Russell, players like Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain and Anwar Ali are match winners on their day and we need them to be at their very best in Abu Dhabi. Opener Usman Khan won us the last match in Karachi on his HBL PSL debut and I hope he will continue to play with the same fearless approach.”