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PCB to delay departure for England tour, HBL PSL 6 final likely to be on June 24

The franchises have been informed that the national team will now depart for England on June 25 rather than June 23

PCB to delay departure for England tour, HBL PSL 6 final likely to be on June 24 PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

The ongoing Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six is likely to face further delays, after issues raised by the department of health of Abu Dhabi against Indian broadcasters, who have been tasked to cover the event.

According to sources, the issue relates to the number of days spent in isolation by the Indian broadcasters.  

Also, the announcement of the schedule relies on the clearance status of these Indian broadcasters.

Sources added that high-level officials are busy in trying to solve the issue however their efforts have not succeeded thus far. The Indian broadcasters have also been kicked out of the hotel in Abu Dhabi and have been transferred to Dubai. The health department of Abu Dhabi informed the broadcasters that they could not stay there. The individuals were sent to Dubai, two days after arrival.

The broadcasters are an integral part of the event. Without them, the whole event comes under jeopardy.

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An important meeting between PCB officials and PSL franchises will also take place today, inorder to address the issue.

According to sources, the Ministry of Health of Abu Dhabi is expected to take a decision regarding the Indian broadcasters by 2pm on Wednesday about whether they will allow the 16-member crew to work from June 5 onwards or not.

If the required permission is received, then the event can get underway from June 7.  Three probable schedules have been shared with the franchises which begin on June 7, 8 and 9 respectively. 

The PCB has also decided to hold the final of the HBL PSL season six on June 24. The national team will depart for England a day after the HBL PSL season six final. According to sources, the PCB has briefed the franchises on the plans for the tournament.

The franchises have been informed that the national team will now depart for England on June 25 rather than June 23.

The delay in the departure for England will allow the PCB to hold lesser double headers. The HBL PSL season six is expected to end on June 24 rather than June 20.

On the other hand, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars will begin their training at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night. All players will complete their quarantine periods by Wednesday afternoon.