Amid coronavirus concerns, PCB cuts PSL 2020 short; final on March 18
Foreign players allowed to leave
Statesman Report
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rescheduled the remaining matches of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020, replacing the playoffs with semi-finals on March 17 and the final on March 18.
The decision was made on Friday after several players requested to fly out of Pakistan fearing possible flight bans in their respective countries.
According to Geo News similar requests were made by broadcasters and other officials that encouraged PCB to tweak the schedule.
The decision means the PSL 2020 will be reduced by four days and there will now be 33 matches as opposed to 34.
According to the revised schedule, both the semi-finals will be played as double-headers on March 17 in Lahore. The table-toppers will go head to head with the fourth-placed side at 2pm in the first semi final; the second semi final will begin at 7pm, between the second and third-placed sides.
The final will be played on March 18 and will start at 7pm.
The remaining four league round matches will be played as scheduled earlier.
According to the PCB, all these changes have been made with the consultation of the team owners. The PCB, it its statement, said that it is in close contact with the Punjab government and, as is always the case, it will receive guidance from them in regard to allowing spectators to watch the last four matches at the Gaddafi Stadium.
“An announcement on this will be made in due course,” the PCB said.
Revised schedule:
13 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, National Stadium (8pm-11.15pm). Rashid Riaz and Michael Gough (on-field), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Faisal Khan Afridi (fourth umpire), Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
14 Mar – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Stadium (7pm-5.15pm). Ahsan Raza and Michael Gough (on-field), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Faisal Khan Afridi (fourth umpire), Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
15 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm-5.15pm). Shozab Raza and Aleem Dar (on-field), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire), Mohammad Anees (match referee); Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, National Stadium (7pm-10.15pm). Rashid Riaz and Michael Gough (on-field), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Faisal Khan Afridi (fourth umpire), Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
17 Mar – 1st semi-final (1 v 4) (2pm-5.15pm); 2nd semi-final (2 v 3) (7pm-10.15pm) (both matches at Gaddafi Stadium)
18 Mar – Final, Gaddafi Stadium (7pm-10.15pm).