The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) desire to host the remainder of the postponed Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE suffered a major blow as the the Gulf nation on Monday decided to bar entry to non-UAE resident travellers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday.
The move is significantly, aimed to contain the spread of the coronavirus in UAE.
Earlier, several reports surfaced saying that the PCB has opened talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to hold the remaining matches of the PSL 6 in the UAE in June.
Later, the PCB had also confirmed on that it had initiated discussions with the ECB regarding the logistics of the move.
“We had an interactive and productive meeting in which we considered a number of factors. While the UAE has emerged as a preferred venue, a number of challenges remain, which will be worked through over the coming days. We remain committed to doing everything possible to complete the HBL PSL 6,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan was quoted as saying via a media release.
The PCB had previously decided to hold the remaining 20 games of the suspended sixth PSL season in Karachi between June 1 and June 20 however, the worsening Covid-19 situation in the port city forced the national board to shift the tournament out of the country.