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Sunday, 3 March 2019

PSL 4 matches scheduled in Lahore moved to Karachi

DUBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday(03-Mar-2019) announced the 8 Pakistan-leg matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL4) will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.
This late change, caused due to a situation beyond the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB’s) control, has also resulted in a 2 weak to the Pakistan-leg matches, which will now commence from March 9 with all 8 matches to be played in as many days, a press release issued here said.
The decision has been made following the delayed opening of the Lahore airport for commercial flights, which has created essntial operational and logistical challenges relating to the delivery of the 3 Lahore matches, which were originally scheduled for March 9, 10 and 12.

Some of the key challenges that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has faced as a result of the delayed opening of the Lahore airport have included securing production equipment and the commitment of broadcast crew.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani said that: This has been a tough and difficult decision, which has been taken following discussion and consultation with all the franchisees and services providers to ensure certainty (mean:firm conviction that something in the case)  and clarity on the event as well as delivery of the remaining eight matches as per the Pakistan Cricket Board  own very high standards.
“Due to the recent and current uncertainty, we guess it critical to make a decisive decision at this juncture. Ensuring all eight matches are played in Pakistan falls in line with our vision to take all eight matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 matches to the people of Pakistan.
“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 March 19 for the One Day International 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.

“It is unfortunate that the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will be unable to host the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in 2019 due to no fault of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), but this is a small sacrifice for a bigger and larger national cause.
“We have spoken with the franchisees, who have backed this decision and have reinforced that all their foreign players will feature in the last 8 matches of what has been an outstanding and highly competitive tournament that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the fans and the players.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appreciates and applauds the support of the franchisees and service as well as the players, who understand that the evolving situation has forced us to make these amendments to the event schedule.”
According to the revised schedule, the Pakistan-leg matches will start on March 9 ,2019 with Qalandars meeting Islamabad United at 7pm PST. The only double-header will be played on March 11 when Qalandars and Multan Sultans (MUL) will go head to head at 2pm. This will be followed by Karachi Kings and Zalmi match which will start at 7pm.

The Qualifier between the number-one and two placed sides will be played on March 13,2019 while Eliminator “A” or 1 between the third and fourth-placed sides will take place on March 14. Eliminator “B” or 2 between the loser of the Qualifier and winner of Eliminator “A” or 1 will be played on March 15.
The final will take place as per schedule on March 17, with the first ball being bowled at 7pm PST.
Revised event schedule:
Saturday, March 9 – Lhr Qalandars vs Islamabad United (match starts 7pm PST)
Sunday, March 10 – Karachi Kings vs Quetta (match starts 7pm PST)
Monday, March 11 – Qalandars v Multan Sultans (MUL) (match starts 2pm PST); Karachi Kings vs Zalmi (match starts 7pm PST)

Wednesday, March 13 – Qualifier (1 v 2) (match starts 7pm PST)
Thursday, March 14 – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (match starts 7pm PST)
Friday, March 15 – Eliminator 2 (match starts 7pm PST)
Sunday, March 17 – Final (match starts 7pm PST)
Ticketing: The PCB will refund tickets for all Lahore matches as per the face value of the tickets with more details to follow in due course.

With the slight amendment in the match schedule for Karachi matches, further details will be provided for existing match ticket-holders and for purchasing of tickets for the additional games.

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