KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to drop Abu Dhabi from the list of possible venues to host matches of the successful Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) third edition, sources revealed.
Reliable sources in PCB have confirmed to Geo.tv that logistic issues have forced the Board to limit the series’ matches to four venues only.
“A total of 34 matches will be played at four venues next year. The venues [as of now] are Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore, and Karachi,” the source said.
“Initially, Abu Dhabi was also among the proposed venues but it wasn’t logistically possible for us to have the matches there,” the source added.
It was earlier reported that the PCB was planning at least 6 matches in Abu Dhabi.
A proposed schedule, according to the source, has been forwarded to the concerned franchises for the PSL matches between February 21 to March 25.
The “proposal is to have the opening match between the defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and the new entrants Multan Sultans in Dubai,” the source stated.
Should the proposed schedule get the green signal, “the final program will be announced [sometime] next week”.
Najam Sethi — the chairman of the PCB — had earlier confirmed that Karachi’s National Stadium will host the final match of PSL3 in March, next year.
“As we speak, the final [has been] confirmed for Karachi, while two play-offs will be played in Lahore,” the source said.