The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set begin on February 20, with 34 matches scheduled over a 30-day period between the six franchises, PCB confirmed on Friday (January 8).
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The PCB has restricted the T20 tournament to only two venues – Karachi and Lahore – for the 2021 season. Lahore’s iconic Gaddafi Stadium will host the final on March 22.
Last year, matches were also staged in Multan and Rawalpindi.
In order to conduct the event smoothly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCB has asked all foreign players to enter Pakistan by February 15 with COVID negative certificates.
“Upon arrival, they will require two more negative PCR tests before being allowed to train and compete in the competition. The asymptomatic players or support staff returning a positive test will have to serve a five-day isolation period with RT-PCR tests on day one and four,” the board said in a statement.
The PCB also said that a decision to allow spectators for the tournament at the venues will be taken closer to the tournament.
“With regards to crowd attendances, since COVID-19 is an evolving situation, a decision will be made closer to time though the event organisers are continuously monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with the concerned government officials.
“While preparing the event schedule, the organisers have ensured each side is playing an equal number of day and evening matches,” the PCB said.
Karachi’s National Stadium will play host to the first half of the competition while Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will be the venue for the second half of PSL 2021, including the playoffs.
Defending champions Karachi Kings will face Quetta Gladiators in the tournament opener.
(With PTI inputs)