Pakistan Super League 2020 to conclude in mid-November

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the new schedule for the remaining games of this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), which were postponed in March due to the global health crisis. All these four remaining matches will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The Qualifier and the first Eliminator matches will take place on November 14, including the match between the league stage’s top two teams Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings, and the match between the third- and fourth-placed Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. The second Eliminator will take place on November 15 between the loser of the Qualifier and the winner of the first Eliminator. The final will then take place on November 17.

Professional cricket is planned to restart in Pakistan after a 6-month hiatus forced by the pandemic. The PCB has reopened the training facilities at its National High-Performance Centre at the same time maintaining a strictly controlled environment. It has also issued an advisory to resume the sport at the grassroots and recreational level with safety measures practiced.

In addition to the final leg of the PSL, the PCB is also planning to conduct the 2020-21 domestic season, and host two international teams, including Zimbabwe in November and South Africa in January 2021.

The domestic season is scheduled to restart from the last week of September with the National T20 Cup in Multan and Rawalpindi, and then the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Karachi. The PCB has added that the resumption of the season will be gradual and over phases across the country. Although cricket may return in full this month on, both the domestic and international games will likely take place behind closed doors without fans in attendance.

The Covid-19 situation in Pakistan is nearly controlled, and a sense of normalcy is to restart with stores, restaurants and public transportation having opened up. Sports activities have also been openned up in the country over four phases with social distancing as the key point.