PCB decides to organize the last matches of the PSL 2020 in Karachi:
Pakistan Super League 2020 gears up for the restart
The Pakistan Super League 2020 will restart in November, according to reports from the Pakistan Cricket Board. PCC chief Wasim Khan said: “The four qualifying teams should be given sufficient time to prepare for these games and such a statement provides a clear thought process for those involved.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly decided to host the rest of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 in Karachi between November 12-18, the Daily Express reported.
The PCB, according to the Urdu daily, supported by the decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, plans to host the 2020 PSL matches in a bio-secure environment, and has identified a window that falls after the series to home in Zimbabwe, but ahead of T10 league in UAE.
It is relevant to mention here that the last four matches of PSL 2020 were to be played in March before the pandemic forced the event to be canceled.
Most of the overseas players for the November reboot are expected to come from Asia.
Players will also have to observe a 48-hour quarantine, according to Express, which further adds that the PCB would pick the brains of their English counterparts for the PSL restart.
The publication further adds that the PCB could even allow a limited number of spectators inside the stadium, if the global pandemic situation improves even further by November, although the government has the final say.
Above all, however, the board will need to resolve its differences with broadcasters and franchisees, which present the biggest challenges when it comes to restarting.
The four teams that will participate in the play-offs are the Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, and Peshawar Zalmi. There are four play-offs left in the tournament. These include both qualifier and eliminator 1, eliminator 2, and the final.
Babar Azam is unsurprisingly the top points scorer to date at PSL 2020. In just eight games, Babar has scored 294 points with a batting average of 58.80. Ben Dunk and Luke Ronchi are the two foreign players in the top five. They both have 266 points each at batting averages of 53.20 and 38. Shadab Khan and Kamran Akmal round out the roster at numbers four and five.
Muhammad Hasnain is the highest wicket-taker so far in the PSL 2020.
PSL 2020 Teams
Reigning champions Quetta Gladiators and the only two-time champs Islamabad United are out of the tournament. It means that table-toppers Multan Sultans, port city side Karachi Kings, laughing-stock-turned-contenders Lahore Qalandars, and the uber consistent Peshawar Zalmi will be in action.
Nothing is confirmed yet but Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings officials have expressed confidence in their ability to bring back all their foreign players for the restart.
Qualifier Pakistan Super League PSL 2020,
Multan Sultan VS Karachi Kings,
On 14-11-2020 at 10 AM Local Time.
Eliminator 1, Pakistan Super League PSL 2020,
Lahore Qalandar vs Peshawar Zalmi,
On 14 Nov 2020 3 PM Local Time.
Eliminator 2, Pakistan Super League PSL 2020,
TBD vs TBD,
On 15 Nov 2020 8 PM Local Time.
FINAL, Pakistan Super League PSL 2020,
TBD vs TBD,
On 17 Nov 2020 8 PM Local Time.