After constant speculation surrounding PSL 2021, recent reports are insisted that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying to resume the tournament in Abu Dhabi from June 5. For the remaining games of PSL 2021, the members of all teams and staff will have to undergo strict quarantine of ten days. They will be able to train outdoors once the quarantine is over.
Along with the players and coaching staff, a compulsory 10-day long isolation for all officials and broadcasting crew members, which will also include regular Covid-19 tests during the period. Since bio bubbles are not longer full-proof, PCB will have to take extra precautions and measures to successfully complete the tournament.
PCB is reportedly planning to send the foreign and local players to Abu Dhabi by May 25 in order to start preparations for the tournament. According to Dawn, the Covid-19 testing of the PSL players and officials for the remaining 20 matches will begin from Saturday, before two chartered flights from Lahore and Karachi fly them to Abu Dhabi on May 26.
The new schedule for the remaining PSL matches that will begin from June 5 will be announced in due course. PCB had to suspend the tournament in February after there was a covid outbreak in the bio-bubbles of few teams. Since the second wave of the pandemic is in full swing in South Asia, all franchises wanted PCB to conclude the second half of the tournament in the UAE. PSL has been previously played in the UAE, but PCB decided to move the tournament to Pakistan after successfully hosting the semi-final and final of the tournament in the past.
PCB recently managed to get the nod from the UAE authorities to conduct the remaining 20 matches of the tournament. However, the UAE government has made it clear that strict COVID guidelines should be followed for the smooth conduct of the tournament.