The preparations for the draft of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six are underway. According to sources, it is not decided that the process will be completed at the National Stadium Karachi or it could also be moved online, bypassing the physical staging altogether.
The possibility of holding the event in an open-air setting is being discussed because of the spread of the COVID-19.
The draft for Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6 will be held in the first week of January with the matches starting from February 20. This was revealed by PCB’s Chief Executive Officer Wasim Khan to a group of journalists on Wednesday.
The publication reported that the board is yet to decide on the involvement of players in the draft. It also said that the draft may be held virtually due to the rising COVID-19 cases.
The PCB is moving ahead with its preparations despite its continued differences with the franchises over the league’s pay structure. The move is an indication that the Board expects the differences to be resolved soon.
To a question about the unsettled financial matters between the PCB and PSL teams, the PCB CEO said that both parties were engaged in talks and hoped that issues will be resolved ahead of the draft.
“All dues till 2020 have been cleared while matters regarding the annual fee will be settled soon,” assured Wasim Khan.
Two of the four provinces will once again see no action of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Peshawar’s Arbab Niaz Stadium and Quetta’s Bugti Stadium won’t be ready in time to host matches for the 2021 tournament.
The PCB, a few months ago, was confident that it would make Peshawar the fifth centre to host PSL matches next year but a board delegation visited the Arbab Niaz Stadium recently.
The delegation found that renovation work at the stadium was far behind schedule and, in turn, decided that it won’t be fit to host major matches by February.
Quetta’s Bugti Stadium, too, does not have what it takes to host matches of a certain standards, putting it out of the running as well.