After an abrupt end to the Pakistan Super League 2020 (PSL 2020) tournament in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have re-scheduled the final phase for November 2020.
Reports say that the league will be held between 14th to 17th November 2020 in Lahore. Earlier, rumours were rife that the matches would take place in UAE but this have since been denied.
When the tournament returns, the qualifier between Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings will take place, and the first eliminator between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi, will be a double-header. The final takes place on 17th November 2020.
A statement from PSL 2020 said, “The final four matches of the event will be played under Covid-19 protocols, including bio-secure bubble for the players, match officials and event-related staff.”
“The matches are currently planned to be held behind closed doors, though the situation will be closely monitored and will be reviewed in October.”
Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, said, “This announcement puts speculations to bed and provides absolute clarity and ample time for teams to plan and prepare for these crunch matches.
“It was important 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 keen and committed 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 excitement 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 Pakistan Super League 2020 matches also endorses Pakistan’s resilience in overcoming difficulties and challenges no matter what the nature.
“PCB is planning to hold its 2020-21 domestic season, which will include a number of age-group, men and women competitions, as well as home international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa.”