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PSL 2021 in doldrums after Abu Dhabi revokes clearance of Indian broadcasters

  • Sources say problem being faced by Indian broadcasters has caused a delay in the announcement of the PSL schedule.
  • Last night Indian broadcasters were asked by Abu Dhabi health authorities to leave the hotel where they were isolating since two days.
  • The broadcasters had reached Abu Dhabi via Ras al Khaimah and have now been sent to Dubai. 


The Pakistan Super League (PSL) faced another setback on Tuesday after the clearance previously granted to Indian broadcasters was revoked by Abu Dhabi health authorities and they were directed to leave the city.

Sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the broadcasters were in isolation for two days when the health authorities suddenly objected to their clearance.

They said that the problem has caused a delay in the announcement of the PSL schedule. They added that till the issue is resolved, the PSL schedule cannot be released.

The officials, who spoke to Geo News on the condition of anonymity, said that "high-level efforts" are being made to resolve the issue.

Read more: PCB to impose heavy penalties on violation of COVID-19 SOPs

The sources said that last night, the Indian broadcasters were asked by the Abu Dhabi health authorities to leave the hotel where they were isolating. They added that the broadcasters had reached Abu Dhabi via Ras al Khaimah and have now been sent to Dubai.

The sources said that, so far, efforts to resolve the dispute have gone in vain. They said that broadcasters are an important part of PSL and the tournament is in jeopardy if the issue is not resolved.

The sixth edition of the PSL was scheduled to take place at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium in the first week of June.

Read more: Start of tournament may be delayed, say sources

The league was shelved earlier this year after the coronavirus bio-bubble was breached in Karachi, and many positive cases emerged among players and support staff members.

However, the PCB has recently confirmed that it has received all the necessary permissions to put up the remainder of PSL 6 in UAE under strict precautionary measures.

While most of the players have already entered the bio-secure bubble, the others have shared their expected arrival dates.

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