Lahore leg of the Pakistan Super League has been shifted to Karachi citing logistical and operational challenges, Pakistan Cricket Board announced in a statement.
The decision has been made due to the delayed opening of the Lahore airspace for commercial flights as the political tensions among Pakistan and India have been on the rise lately.
Following the delayed opening of the Lahore airport, the PCB has faced challenges including securing production equipment and the commitment of broadcast crew, as well as finalizing the logistics for the officials and teams.
PCB chairman, Ehsan Mani, said the board had considered shifting dates of the matches but it wasn’t possible as Pakistan team is set to leave for the UAE on March 19 for their series against Australia.
“We had considered the option of shifting the dates of the eight matches in Pakistan, but because the Pakistan cricket team has to leave for the UAE on 19 March for the ODI series against Australia, this was not possible.
“We also looked at swapping matches between Lahore and Karachi, but paucity of time would have rendered this option unworkable.”
According to the revised schedule, the Pakistan-leg matches will start on March 9 with Lahore Qalandars facing Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi.
The PCB chief had earlier reiterated that the final leg of the Pakistan Super League will go as per the norm with all franchise owners and international stars throwing their weight behind this decision.
Saturday, 9 March – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (match starts 7pm PST)
Sunday, 10 March – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (match starts 7pm PST)
Monday, 11 March – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (match starts 2pm PST); Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (match starts 7pm PST)
Wednesday, 13 March – Qualifier (1 v 2) (match starts 7pm PST)
Thursday, 14 March – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (match starts 7pm PST)
Friday, 15 March – Eliminator 2 (match starts 7pm PST)
Sunday, 17 March – Final (match starts 7pm PST)