Problems pile up for PSL

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The fate of the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) in Abu Dhabi is under a cloud as the organisers are facing many operational and logistical issues.

The PCB held an emergency meeting with the franchise owners earlier today to resolve them.

Some of them were related to delays in the grant of landing permissions for chartered flights from India and South Africa, as these countries are in the red list.

“The PCB is exploring all possible solutions to overcome these hurdles,” the official statement said. 

Additionally, the broadcast crew from India and South Africa was not given permission to land in Abu Dhabi.

Even the flights from Pakistan to UAE, carrying over 230 passengers, including cricketers, support staff, PCB officials and production crew, have been re-scheduled multiple times, due to technical reasons.

The flight was previously scheduled to leave for the UAE at 8:00 am on Wednesday, which was later rescheduled to Thursday, 3 pm.

And now the players and officials present at the hotels in Karachi and Lahore will fly for the UAE at 5pm.

Also, when we last heard, 25 individuals, including players and officials, are yet to receive their visas for Abu Dhabi.

All of them will be confined to the bio-secure bubbles of hotels in Karachi and Lahore until their visas are issued.

The players who haven’t received their visas include Quetta Gladiators’ skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and pacer Mohammad Hasnain.

The next 24 hours will decide if the tournament goes ahead as per schedule.