Pakistan Super League (PSL) announced that all the 8 matches in Pakistan will be in Karachi and none in Lahore, said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday. Before this, 5 matches were supposed to be held in Karachi and three were to be staged in Lahore.
PCB stated that the matches of Lahore are shifted to Karachi due to logistical and operational challenges posed by the “delayed opening of Lahore airspace for commercial flights”.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said,
“This has been a difficult and tough decision, which has been taken following discussion and consultation with all the franchisees and service providers to ensure certainty and clarity on the event as well as delivery of the remaining matches as per the PCB’s own very high standards.
“Due to the recent and prevailing uncertainty, we felt it critical to make a decisive decision at this juncture. Ensuring all matches are played in Pakistan falls in line with our vision to take all eight matches of the HBL PSL 2019 matches to the people of Pakistan.
“We had considered the option of shifting the dates of the eight matches in Pakistan, but because the Pakistan cricket team has to leave for the UAE on March 19 for the ODI series against Australia, this was not possible. We also looked at swapping matches between Lahore and Karachi, but the paucity of time would have rendered this option unworkable.
“It is unfortunate that the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will be unable to host the PSL matches in 2019 due to no fault of the PCB, but this is a small sacrifice for a bigger and larger national cause.
“We have spoken with the franchisees, who have backed this decision and have reinforced that all their foreign players will feature in the last eight matches of what has been an outstanding and highly competitive tournament that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the fans and the players.
“The PCB appreciates and applauds the support of the franchisees as well as the players, who understand that the evolving situation has forced us to make these amendments to the event schedule.”
The new schedule of the matches is
Saturday, 9 March – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (match starts 7 pm PST)
Sunday, 10 March – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (match starts 7 pm PST)
Monday, 11 March – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (match starts 2 pm PST); Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (match starts 7 pm PST)
Wednesday, 13 March – Qualifier (1 v 2) (match starts 7 pm PST)
Thursday, 14 March – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (match starts 7 pm PST)
Friday, 15 March – Eliminator 2 (match starts 7 pm PST)
Sunday, 17 March – Final (match starts 7 pm PST)
Ticketing – The PCB will refund tickets for all Lahore matches as per the face value of the tickets with more details to follow in due course.
With these amendments in the match schedule for Karachi matches, further details will be provided for purchasing of tickets for the additional games and for existing match ticket-holders.
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