Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad has criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for taking initiatives to host the remainder of Pakistan Super League 2021 from June. In March this year, the tournament came to a halt after many franchises witnessed a string of COVID-19 related infections. Recently, the PCB has been in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) regarding the conduction of PSL 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
PSL 2021 should be moved out of Karachi: Various franchises
The first half of PSL 2021 was hosted in Pakistan and after the postponement, the PCB wanted to host the remainder of the tournament in Pakistan itself. However, owing to some requests from franchises to move the tournament out of Karachi, the PCB started talks with the ECB as the UAE emerged as a venue.
However, this move hasn’t pleased former cricketer Javed Miandad as he lashed out at the board, stating that this is not the right time to play cricket. Instead, he advised the board to focus more on saving lives in the country.
This is not the time to play cricket, focus more on saving lives: Miandad to PCB
“This is not the time to play cricket, it is the time to save lives. In these times of crisis, we should be more focused on saving lives rather than playing cricket. The whole world has been affected by the coronavirus. India, where the world cup was supposed to take place, is also severely affected by the epidemic,” Miandad was quoted as saying by CricketPakistan.com.
“They are risking the lives of several individuals for their own financial gains. If it was in my hands, I would not take the big risk of organising the remaining PSL matches. If they hold this event and face problems, then who will be responsible?” he added.
Meanwhile, reports emerged that the PSL 2021 is unlikely to resume in the UAE following a travel ban from the UAE government for citizens of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The restrictions will start from May 12.