PSL-4 matches scheduled in Lahore shifted to Karachi
DUBAI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced that eight Pakistan-leg matches of Pakistan Super League will be played at National Stadium in Karachi.
This late change, caused due to a situation beyond PCB’s control, has also resulted in a tweak to Pakistan-leg matches, which will now commence from March 9 with all eight matches to be played in as many days, a press release issued said.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said, “This has been a difficult and tough decision, which has been taken following discussion and consultation with all franchisees and service providers to ensure certainty and clarity on event as well as delivery of remaining matches as per PCB’s own very high standards.
“Due to 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 HBL PSL 2019 matches to people of Pakistan,” Ehsan added.
Ehsan said that they had considered option of shifting dates of eight matches in Pakistan, but because Pakistan cricket team has to leave for UAE on March 19 for ODI series against Australia that’s why it was not possible. He also added that they looked at swapping matches between Lahore and Karachi, but paucity of time would have rendered this option unworkable.
Ehsan continued, “It is unfortunate that headquarters of Pakistan cricket will be unable to host PSL matches in 2019 due to no fault of PCB, but this is a small sacrifice for a bigger and larger national cause.”
He further said, “We have spoken with franchisees, which have backed this decision and have reinforced that all their foreign players will feature in last eight matches of what has been an outstanding and highly competitive tournament that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the fans and the players.
According to the revised schedule, the Pakistan-leg matches will start on March 9 with Lahore Qalandars meeting Islamabad United at 7pm PST. The only double-header will be played on March 11 when Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans will go head to head at 2pm. This will be followed by Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi match which will start at 7pm.