PSL 2021: With just 2 days left for Pakistan Super League, 5 players yet to receive UAE visas- With the remainder of Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) just around the corner, as many as 5 players are yet to be issued visas for UAE. The players are Asif Afridi, Umar Amin, Imran Randhawa, Hammam Azam and Khalid Usman, reported Geo TV. The latter two are in England and they have terminated club contracts in England to play the PSL 2021.
It is notable that a player has to undergo a week-long mandatory quarantine after arrival in UAE, as per rules and regulations.
Pakistan Super League second leg will begin on June 9 and the PSL 2021 final will be played on June 24.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come under severe criticism for the delay of PSL 2021 which was slated to start on June 1.
The remaining matches were postponed due to some obstacles before the announcement of the final schedule. This was due to logistics issues because of India SA production team members.
PSL 2021: With just 2 days left for Pakistan Super League, 5 players yet to receive UAE visas
PSL 2021 was earlier in March after COVID-19 cases among players and staff in bio-bubble at Karachi.
Meanwhile, PCB CEO in a recent interview said that PCB does not deserve bashing over the delay.
“It was not in our hands. I’ve explained it to people that visas or aviation matters aren’t in our control, we did all what we could. We had prepared five different schedules and once we got everything sorted, we got it signed by franchises and announced the schedule,” he told Geo TV.
From a financial point of view, Khan said, “Every cricket board relies heavily on ICC funding, ICC distributions and broadcasting revenues. We have two to three fixed sources of income that come in as revenue. Finances are hugely important for us from PSL, but more importantly, it is a marquee tournament for us on an annual basis which has been built up since 2016.”
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