LAHORE: HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 four matches, which were postponed on 17 March due to the Coronavirus pandemic was announced by Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday.
The remaining four matches will be scheduled on 14, 15 and 17 November in Lahore with only the Qualifier and Eliminator 1 to be a double-header. Eliminator 2 will be played on the next day, whereas the event will end on Tuesday, 17 November 2020.
The dates for the remaining four matches have been finalized after consultations and discussions with the four playing sides – Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, and Peshawar Zalmi – whereas match start times will be confirmed closer to the event.
The final four matches of the Super League will be played under Coronavirus protocols, including a bio-secure bubble for the players, match officials, and event-related staff. The matches are presently planned to be held behind closed doors, though the situation will be closely monitored and will be reviewed in October.
Wasim Khan, PCB Chief Executive informed: “This announcement place speculations to bed and gives absolute clarity and sufficient time for teams to plan and prepare for these crunch matches of the event.
“It was significant at this stage to state our intent and lock these dates in the diary in the best interest of the teams and the tournament”.
“The PCB was always enthusiastic and dedicated to hosting the remaining four matches as it believed an event of the magnitude of the HBL Pakistan Super League deserved a winner. We saw the enthusiasm and buzz in the lead up to the competition earlier this year and look forward to promotional activations that will engage the fans once again”.
“The hosting of the remaining four HBL PSL 2020 matches also endorses Pakistan’s resilience in conquering complexity and challenges no matter what nature. Pakistan Cricket Board is scheduling to hold its 2020-21 domestic season.