The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has a tentative plan to hold the remaining four matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) soon after the end of the proposed Zimbabwe tour to the country in October.
It is learnt that as the broadcasters’ staff will also be in Pakistan, covering the white-ball internationals against Zimbabwe and most of the foreign players would be playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the same month in UAE, the availability of the foreign players would also be easy to travel to Pakistan from India for the four matches.
Initially, the PCB had the plan to start the four matches, just three days after the end of the tour of Zimbabwe team.
The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has sought permission from its government to tour Pakistan for a three-match ODI series and as many T20Is in November.
ZC Communications Manager Darlington Majonga was quoted as saying by The Chronicle that they are hoping to save their international season with the tour to Pakistan, which would of course be subject to the government’s approval.
“ZC had applied for a waiver to proceed with the series in a strictly controlled environment, but with Zimbabwe experiencing a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, the government advised that the country was not yet ready to host visiting teams,” he said.
“However, all hope is not lost as ZC will seek clearance from the government for the team to travel to Pakistan in October.”
PCB, according to sources, is busying making bio-secure arrangements for the Zimbabwe series as well as the remianing matches of the Pakistan Super League 2020.
The PCB could not hold the last knockout round of the PSL-5 due to Covid-19, despite changing the original schedule of play-offs under which four matches were to be played.
But after making the change, it was decided to hold both semi-finals and final in March this year. But due to the Covid-19 situation, all knockout games were postponed, on the day when the teams had left their hotel for Qaddafi Stadium.
Now the PCB has this plan to stage these matches in Lahore, according to the play-off system instead of holding the semi-finals.