Pakistan Super League to resume in 15-day window from June 9
The Pakistan Super League had to be postponed 14 games into the tournament in March when several players contracted the COVID-19 virus. With 20 matches left in the season, the remainder of the season was pushed to June when Pakistan hoped to resume the matches, but it still had to be moved to UAE, which also seemed to appear a gloomy prospect until cleared off by authorities.
What has changed?
With all six teams depleted by the absence of overseas stars, who had other commitments in the rescheduled dates, the PSL had to conduct a draft to allow for the franchises to replenish their squads.
IN: Usman Khawaja, Janneman Malan
OUT: Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt
IN: Shakib Al Hasan, James Faulkner, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Seekkuge Prasanna
OUT: Rashid Khan, Joe Denly, David Wiese, Tom Abell, Samit Patel
IN: Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell, Fidel Edwards
OUT: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Ravi Bopara, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
IN: Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, Thisara Perera, Liton Das
OUT: Colin Ingram, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Joe Clarke
IN: Mahmudullah, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, George Linde, Obed McCoy
OUT: Chris Lynn, James Vince, Adam Lyth, Carlos Brathwaite, Shahid Afridi (injured)
IN: Andre Russell
OUT: Tom Banton, Dale Steyn, Naseem Shah (released after breach of COVID-19 protocol), Anwar Ali (tests positive)
How do the teams stand?
The points table was still shaping up when the tournament was cancelled in March. Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United were on six points apiece when the league was called off. Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators are on two points each.
Karachi Kings, the defending champions, are at the top of the table owing to a superior net run rate.
When is the resumption?
The PSL is set to resume from June 9 with the tournament final to be played on the 24th of the month. Qualifier and eliminator stages will be held on June 21 and June 22 before the finals on 24th. The matches will resume according to the previous schedule with Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United set to play the first match since resumption.
The outright odds have Lahore Qalandars as favourites with Karachi Kings a close second. Quetta Gladiators, who were at the bottom of the table before the season was postponed, are the underdogs for winning the title.
Lahore Qalandars: 3.50
Karachi Kings: 3.75
Islamabad United: 4.35
Peshawar Zalmi: 5.00
Multan Sultans: 8.00
Quetta Gladiators: 12.00