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PSL 5 to return on November 14; all matches in Lahore
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PSL 5 to return on November 14; all matches in Lahore

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the schedule of the remaining four matches of PSL 5, which were hastily postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in March.

All four matches will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore with the qualifier and the first eliminator to be played on November 14.

The second eliminator, to be battled between the loser of the qualifier and the winner of the first eliminator, will take place on the following day.

The event will finally conclude on November 17 after a rest day involving no clashes. Currently, the matches are planned to be conducted without spectators in accordance with the Covid-19 protocols but the PCB is closely monitoring the developments regarding the virus situation.

All players, match officials and event-related staff will be kept in a bio-secure bubble arranged to eliminate the risk of exposure to the virus.

The four teams include table-toppers Multan Sultans, hosts Lahore Qalandars, PSL 2017-winners Peshawar Zalmi and the Imad Wasim-led Karachi Kings.

The last match of PSL 5 before the pandemic-enforced postponement was between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, who faced a first-round exit. The PSL schedule was rejigged to introduce semi-finals at the last minute but the plan was ultimately aborted after the outbreak escalated.

“This announcement puts speculations to bed and provides absolute clarity and ample time for teams to plan and prepare for these crunch matches," said PCB chief executive Wasim Khan.

“It was important at this stage to state our intent and lock these dates in the diary in the best interest of the teams and the tournament.

“The PCB was always keen and committed to hosting the remaining four matches as it believed an event of the magnitude of the HBL Pakistan Super League deserved a winner. We saw the excitement and buzz in the lead up to the competition earlier this year and look forward to promotional activations that will engage the fans once again."

Pakistan is slowly welcoming cricketing activities following a 24-week hiatus as Wasim expressed optimism at hosting Zimbabwe and South Africa in the near future.

“The hosting of the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 matches also endorses Pakistan’s resilience in overcoming difficulties and challenges no matter what nature. PCB is planning to hold its 2020-21 domestic season, which will include a number of age-group, men and women competitions, as well as home international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa," he said.

“All domestic 2020-21 season matches will prove to be a catalyst for the successful planning and delivery of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021, which will be held in February/March next year”.

Fixtures

14 Nov – Qualifier (Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings)

               Eliminator 1 (Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi)

15 Nov – Eliminator 2 (loser of Qualifier v winner of Eliminator 1)

17 Nov – Final