PSL finally set to resume on June 9

The concluding 20 matches of the competition will be played in Abu Dhabi, with the final pencilled in for June 24

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The long-awaited resumption of the sixth edition Pakistan Super League has been confirmed for June 9.

All 20 remaining matches will be staged in Abu Dhabi, with the final set to take place on June 24.

In an attempt to accommodate the full schedule there will as many as six double-headers across the 15 days of competition. Matches will start at 5pm and 10pm local time (2pm and 7pm BST), while the single games will begin at 8pm (5pm).

As previously confirmed, Pakistan will now depart for their white-ball tour of England on June 25 ahead of the series starting on July 8. They will fly into Manchester and be transferred to Derby for quarantine and training, before moving to Cardiff two days before the first ODI.

Since being postponed in March after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the bio-secure bubble containing the teams and officials attempts to restart the sixth edition of the tournament has suffered several delays.

Next week's date is the third different day the Pakistan Cricket Board have proposed for a restart.

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Karachi's National Stadium had been identified as a possible venue for the remaining games but Pakistan was ruled out to host the tournament as Covid-19 infections continued to rise.

The United Arab Emirates was soon confirmed as the preferred venue to stage the rest of the six-team showcase.

Despite a venue being found the wait for a schedule had gone on, centrally due to the problems around travel arrangements for players and broadcasters into the UAE - but these finally appear to have been ironed out.

Assuming there are no further problems, the PSL will get back underway 98 days after the postponement with Islamabad United taking on Lahore Qalandars.

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Islamabad United

Karachi Kings

Lahore Qalandars

Multan Sultans

Peshawar Zalmi

Quetta Gladiators

Following the last 16 group matches the top two will progress to the Qualifier for a place in the final. Meanwhile, the sides in third and fourth in the table will square off in Eliminator 1. The matches will represent the final double-header on the calendar.

The winner of that clash will face the loser of the Qualifier to determine the other place in the final.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said: “There was a consensus between the PCB and the franchises that it was imperative to complete the remaining matches in 2021 so that we have a clean 2022 for HBL PSL 7. Now, after overcoming all obstacles through due diligence and careful planning, I believe we have collectively achieved the desired objective that was set in March following the postponement.

“I can assure all the fans that our priority was always to deliver the complete tournament in Pakistan. However, due to extenuating circumstances, we had to shift from that thinking for the remaining matches. Continuing to give the fans access to watch our emerging talent play alongside and against some of the world’s very best will remain a priority for the HBL PSL 7 in 2022."

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