Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the schedule of the remaining matches of PSL 2020 on Wednesday, which were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to details, the remaining four matches of the event will be played on November 14, 15, and 17 in Lahore. On November 14, the event’s qualifiers and Elementary One will be played on a double-header basis. The next day will be Elementary Two and the final will be on Tuesday, November 17.
The dates of the remaining matches of the event have been finalized in consultation with the four teams – Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, and Peshawar Zalmi – while the start time of the matches will be announced later.
Chief executive of PCB, Wasim Khan said,
“The remaining four matches of the event will be played under the Coveted 19 protocols where all players, match officials, and relevant staff will be kept in a biosecure environment.”
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Wasim Khan further said,
“After this announcement not only all speculations will die down but now all the teams have ample time to prepare for these matches.”
The PCB chief executive said that the most important thing at the moment was for the teams participating in the tournament to record these dates in their diaries.
“PCB was determined to hold these four matches from the very beginning and the PCB believed that the winner of an event like PSL should come forward. We saw a lot of excitement for the event earlier this year and we are hopeful that a fan campaign will be launched before the rest of the matches,” said Wasim.
He further said that the announcement of holding the remaining four matches of PSL 2020 also confirms that Pakistan has managed to overcome the pandemic of COVID-19, like other sports, the domestic cricket season 21-2020. The start is also coming soon where home series with Zimbabwe and South Africa will be played, including competitions for various age groups, men’s and women’s cricket.
The successful hosting of Domestic Season 21-2020 matches will be helpful for PSL 2021 in February, March next year.
PCB chief executive concluded by saying,
“We look forward to sharing happiness on the faces of the people.”
It should be mentioned here that PSL is the second-largest tournament held in Pakistan after the Asia Cup 2008. The total prize money for the event is set at $10 million. In addition to the trophy, the winning team of the event will be given prize money of 500,000 US dollars. The runner-up is set at $200,000.
Saturday, November 14: Qualifiers (Multan Sultans vs. Karachi Kings), Gaddafi Stadium Lahore; Elementary One (Lahore Qalandars vs. Peshawar Zalmi), Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
Sunday, November 15: Eliminator Two (the team that loses the qualifier vs. the team that wins the Elementary One), Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
Tuesday, November 17: Final, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore