PKONWEB Report (Karachi) — Karachi National Stadium which was originally scheduled to host five matches of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), including the final on March 17 will now also host the Pakistan-leg matches.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday announced the eight Pakistan-leg matches of the PSL which was to be played in Lahore, will now be played in Karachi–these leg-matches will commence from March 9 in the port city.
Revised event schedule:
Saturday, March 9 – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (match starts 7pm PST)
Sunday, March 10 – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (match starts 7pm PST)
Monday, March 11 – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (match starts 2pm PST); Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (match starts 7pm PST)
Wednesday, March 13 – Qualifier (1 v 2) (match starts 7pm PST)
Thursday, March 14 – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (match starts 7pm PST)
Friday, March 15 – Eliminator 2 (match starts 7pm PST)
Sunday, March 17 – Final (match starts 7pm PST)
Ticketing: The PCB will refund tickets for all Lahore matches as per the face value of the tickets with more details to follow in due course.
The decision was made by PCB following delayed opening of the Lahore airspace for commercial flights, which has created substantial operational and logistical challenges relating to the delivery of the three Lahore matches, which were originally scheduled for March 9, 10 and 12.
Some of the key challenges that PCB has faced as a result of the delayed opening of the Lahore airport included securing production equipment and the commitment of broadcast crew, as well as finalizing the logistics for the officials and teams.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said in a press release, “This has been a difficult and tough decision, which has been taken following discussion and consultation with all the franchisees and service providers to ensure certainty and clarity on the event as well as delivery of the remaining matches as per the PCB’s own very high standards.
The Pakistan cricket team leaves for the UAE on March 19 for the ODI series against Australia, said the PR.