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Four more players issued UAE visas ahead of PSL 6

Four more players issued UAE visas ahead of PSL 6
June 7, 2021

LAHORE (92 News) - Four more players were issued UAE visas for the remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six on Monday.

Four players, that include cricketers Umar Amin (Islamabad United), Hammad Azam (Multan Sultans), Khalid Usman (Peshawar Zalmi) and Asif Afridi (Multan Sultans), have received their respective visas to travel to the UAE for the resumption of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six.

All four cricketers are expected to depart for the UAE on the next available flight. Only one cricketer Imran Randhawa (Peshawar Zalmi) is still left without a valid visa to travel to the UAE. As soon as his visa is received, the cricketer is also expected to depart for the UAE immediately.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PSL 6 is expected to resume on June 9 while the final is expected to be played on June 24. All matches will be played in Abu Dhabi.

The remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi from June 9 to 24, before the Pakistan men’s side’s departure for Manchester from the UAE capital on June 25.

There will be six double-headers – five of them during the preliminary round and the sixth on 21 June, when Qualifier and Eliminator 1 matches will be played. These matches will start at 1700 UAE time (1800 PKT time) and 2200 UAE time (2300 PKT time), respectively, while the single-headers will begin at 2000 UAE time (2100 PKT time).

On June 9, fourth-placed Lahore Qalandars will meet third-placed Islamabad United in what will be the 15th match of the tournament.

The delayed start due to logistical and operational challenges that were beyond the PCB’s control will allow the sides sufficient time to train, practice and gear up for the biggest prize in Pakistan’s cricket calendar.

United and Qalandars resumed training on Wednesday evening, while the other four sides will start training from Thursday. Players and player support personnel, who have completed the mandatory seven-day room isolation and returned three negative tests, are allowed to integrate with their sides and participate in training sessions.

To make this schedule work in the best interest of the event, players, commercial partners and franchises, the PCB, in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has agreed to delay the departure of the Pakistan men’s side’s players and players support personnel from Abu Dhabi to 25 June.

The side will arrive on Manchester from where they will be transported to Derby for the mandatory room isolation period and training session. The side will move to Cardiff on 6 July where the first One-Day International will be played on 8 July.

Revised HBL PSL 6 match schedule is (all matches at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Single matches to start at 2000 UAE time; double-headers to start at 1700 UAE time and 2200 UAE time, respectively):


3-8 June - Practice


9 June - Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United


10 June - Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings; Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars


11 June - Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators


12 June - Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi


13 June - Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars; Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi


14 June - Islamabad United v Karachi Kings


15 June - Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars; Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings


16 June - Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators


17 June - Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi; Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars


18 June - Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars


19 June - Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings; Multan Sultans v Islamabad United


20 June - Practice          


21 Jun - Qualifier (1 v 2); Eliminator 1 (3 v 4)


22 Jun - Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1)


23 June – Rest/practice


24 Jun – Final