PSL 2021: PCB makes special arrangements to beat Abu Dhabi’s heat in June

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PSL 2021: With six double-headers scheduled, the day games in Abu Dhabi will start at 5 PM, when the mercury still hovers around 35 degrees Celsius. ©Abu Dhabi Cricket

PSL 2021: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is making special arrangements to make the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 a success in Abu Dhabi. Coconut water, ice collars and vests are some of the ways by which PCB is making sure players survive the extreme weather conditions in UAE in June during the peak summer.

This will be difficult but not impossible. We all are working on making plans for how to cope with such conditions, especially fast bowlers. We have a strategy to use coconut water as much as we can to maintain body temperature. We need to keep the boys hydrated and avoid the risk of cramping. Since most of the games will be played at night, we are not worried about heat strokes,” Peshwar Zalmi head coach Mohammad Akram told ESPNcricinfo.

Furthermore, the franchises are investing in ice vests for their players to wear on the field. There have also been talks about using team kits made up of lighter material.

PSL 2021 Schedule: Six double-headers, most matches at night

Most of the games have been scheduled for the night as the forecast expected during the time will be around 40 degrees. However, there will be six double-headers. According to the report, the day games are expected to begin at 5 PM.

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The PSL is set to resume on June 5, with the final planned for June 20.

PSL 2021: Covid-19 hits Pakistan Super League

Meanwhile, Quetta Gladiators fast bowler Anwar Ali tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the flight to Abu Dhabi scheduled to depart on Wednesday for the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six games.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Pakistan pacer had tested negative for COVID-19 before checking into a Karachi hotel, but his second test produced a positive Covid result on Tuesday.

Anwar will now be quarantined for at least 10 days and will be released from the isolation only after two negative tests.

On Monday, Quetta Gladiators pacer Naseem Shah and Multan Sultans star all-rounder Shahid Afridi were ruled out of the Abu Dhabi leg of PSL.

Naseem breached the protocols for departure from Pakistan by arriving at the designated hotel with a non-compliant RT-PCR test result.

While Afridi was training in Karachi for the upcoming tournament matches when he experienced pain in his lower back following which he was examined by a doctor who has advised him complete rest.