After multiple personnel from Karachi and Lahore weren’t allowed on commercial flights via Doha to Abu Dhabi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to send 13 of these players and officials to their respective homes, expecting “more delays” within the issuance of their visas. This personnel had been during a seven-day hotel quarantine, getting to fly to the UAE today (May 30) for the resumption of the Pakistan Super League.
“The decision has been made to permit the players and officials to spend time with their families,” the PCB further explained during a release. “As soon because the visas are processed, the players will undergo the mandatory PCR tests before boarding the primary available commercial flight.”
On a chaotic day for the organizers, only five of the first touring party were allowed to fly to the UAE earlier today due to strict pandemic-forced restrictions. of these who remained, the PCB said that arrangements are made for 12 players and officials to fly to Abu Dhabi, via Bahrain, later within the day. All 17 individuals were flown as per the exemption acquired from the UAE government.
“We regret the inconvenience that has been caused to some players and officials, but these are thanks to unforeseen circumstances and unexpected challenges,” said Babar Hamid, PCB Director – Commercial and HBL PSL 6 head. “The PCB is functioning hand in glove with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and therefore the Emirates Cricket Board, and trying its best to urge all participants in Abu Dhabi in time so that we will hold the remaining tournament.”