PSL 6 Schedule: Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings Will Open 2021 Edition

Karachi and Lahore Would Host All Matches for This Year's Event

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The awaiting schedule for the Pakistan Super League 2021 has recently been announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board, and according to the scheduling of events, the first match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators will be conducted at the Karachi National Stadium on February 20.

The announcement for the initiation of PSL 6 was made during a press conference held on January 8. The Karachi Kings were the winners of the latest Pakistan Super League 5, which was held in 2020 and some of the last few matches even got delayed due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The first fixture of the PSL 6 series would be held between the winning teams of PSL 5 and PSL 4, and the match would be held in Karachi, the city of lights, in the last week of February. According to the pre-planned schedule for the entire event of PSL 6, and the final match would be held on March 22, and the location for the season finale is the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Due to the ongoing situation of the COVID-19 infection spread throughout the entire country of Pakistan, where more than 499,517 confirmed cases have been reported since the viral strain have been first diagnosed in the country. Due to the timely implementations of preventive restrictions and usage of face masks and social distancing across Pakistan, and has helped in limiting the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Only 10,598 deaths have been recorded after the individuals were confirmed to have acquired the deadly viral pathogen, which has caused aggressive symptoms inside the body.

As part of the restrictive preventive measures for the coronavirus pandemic spread, the matches for PSL 6 scheduled this year would only be hosted by two stadiums in Pakistan, Lahore and Karachi. Meanwhile, Multan and Rawalpindi, which were able to host a few matches for Pakistan Super League 5, would not be able to conduct this year’s edition of Pakistan Super League 6.

The Pakistan Cricket Board Director Babar Hamid stated during the press conference that they had to make a very tough decision regarding the limitation of locations of matches to only Lahore and Karachi.

The conclusive decision for the PSL 6 schedule has been taken after multiple revisions, taking in mind the interests of participants, both national and international, along with event management and the entire nation, as due to a small mishap could create chaos and a large number of populations could be at stake.

He added that they do not want to cause any unnecessary exposure of the coronavirus infection towards the players during the Pakistan Super League 6 matches, as the unnecessary exposure of the infection sit could affect their health and careers in the long run. These changes would help make the playing environment for the participants to be healthy and safe.

During the past year’s series of Pakistan Super League, the crowds gathered in the matches that were held in the cities of Rawalpindi and Multan were awesome and gave a warm welcome to the players, and the Pakistan Cricket Board owes them a very big thank you for the contribution they have provided to make the Habib Bank Limited Pakistan Super League 2020 a successful event.

He also added that after the elimination of the coronavirus infection from the entire world after the successful consumption of the viable vaccine developed by the joint collaboration of the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and BioNTech, other cities across Pakistan would also be allowed to conduct matches for the upcoming Pakistan Super League editions.

The Pakistan Cricket Board is determined and committed to staging the matches of PSL series in as many different stadiums throughout the country as possible.

PSL 6 divided into two legs

According to the planned itinerary for the Pakistan Super League 2021 tournament matches, the entire event has been divided into two legs for both cities of Pakistan. The first series of matches would be played in the National Stadium located in Karachi, starting from February 20, and end at March 7, while the second half of the tournament would be played in Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore, starting from March 10 and ending the entire series of PSL 6 on March 22.

During the series of PSL 6, the total number of 34 matches would be played in the time duration of 31 days. It is yet to decide whether a live audience would be allowed inside the stadiums or not due to coronavirus restrictions.

20-Feb-2021 Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
21-Feb-2021 Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
22-Feb-2021 Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
23-Feb-2021 Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); NSK, Karachi
24-Feb-2021 Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi
26-Feb-2021 Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
27-Feb-2021 Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
28-Feb-2021 Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi
1-Mar-2021 Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
3-Mar-2021 Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
4-Mar-2021 Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi
5-Mar-2021 Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi
6-Mar-2021 Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi
7-Mar-2021 Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi
10-Mar-2021 Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); GSL, Lahore
11-Mar-2021 Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore
12-Mar-2021 Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore
13-Mar-2021 Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore
14-Mar-2021 Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore
15-Mar-2021 Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); GSL, Lahore
16-Mar-2021 Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore
18-Mar-2021 Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); GSL, Lahore
19-Mar-2021 Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N); GSL, Lahore
20-Mar-2021 Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N); GSL, Lahore
22-Mar-2021 Final (N), GSL, Lahore

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