Lahore matches in PSL 2019 moved to Karachi due to logistical and operational challenges

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Lahore matches in PSL 2019 moved to Karachi due to logistical and operational challenges

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Mar 3, 2019.

by Ahson Afzal
Mar 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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    Lahore matches in HBL PSL moved to Karachi due to logistical and operational challenges

    · Pakistan-leg matches to commence from 9 March; all eight matches to be played at the National Stadium.

    · Ehsan Mani: “Due to the recent and prevailing uncertainty, we felt it critical to make a decisive decision at this juncture. Ensuring all matches are played in Pakistan falls in line with our vision to take all eight matches of the HBL PSL 2019 matches to the people of Pakistan”s

    Dubai, 3 March 2019:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced the eight Pakistan-leg matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi. This late change, caused due to a situation beyond the PCB’s control, has also resulted in a tweak to the Pakistan-leg matches, which will now commence from 9 March with all eight matches to be played in as many days.

    The decision has been made following the delayed opening of the Lahore airspace for commercial flights, which has created substantial operational and logistical challenges relating to the delivery of the three Lahore matches, which were originally scheduled for 9, 10 and 12 March.

    Some of the key challenges that PCB has faced as a result of the delayed opening of the Lahore airport have included securing production equipment and the commitment of broadcast crew, as well as finalising the logistics for the officials and teams.

    PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani: “This has been a difficult and tough decision, which has been taken following discussion and consultation with all the franchisees and service providers to ensure certainty and clarity on the event as well as delivery of the remaining matches as per the PCB’s own very high standards.

    “Due to the recent and prevailing uncertainty, we felt it critical to make a decisive decision at this juncture. Ensuring all matches are played in Pakistan falls in line with our vision to take all eight matches of the HBL PSL 2019 matches to the people of Pakistan.

    “We had considered the option of shifting the dates of the eight matches in Pakistan, but because the Pakistan cricket team has to leave for the UAE on 19 March for the ODI series against Australia, this was not possible. We also looked at swapping matches between Lahore and Karachi, but paucity of time would have rendered this option unworkable.

    “It is unfortunate that the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will be unable to host the PSL matches in 2019 due to no fault of the PCB, but this is a small sacrifice for a bigger and larger national cause.

    “We have spoken with the franchisees, who have backed this decision and have reinforced that all their foreign players will feature in the last eight matches of what has been an outstanding and highly competitive tournament that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the fans and the players.

    “The PCB appreciates and applauds the support of the franchisees as well as the players, who understand that the evolving situation has forced us to make these amendments to the event schedule.”

    According to the revised schedule, the Pakistan-leg matches will start on 9 March with Lahore Qalandars meeting Islamabad United at 7pm PST. The only double-header will be played on 11 Match when Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans will go head to head at 2pm. This will be followed by Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi match which will start at 7pm.

    The Qualifier between the number-one and two placed sides will be played on 13 March, while Eliminator 1 between the third and fourth-placed sides will take place on 14 March. Eliminator 2 between the loser of the Qualifier and winner of Eliminator 1 will be played on 15 March.

    The final will take place as per schedule on 17 March, with the first ball being bowled at 7pm PST.

    Revised event schedule:


    Saturday, 9 March – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (match starts 7pm PST)
    Sunday, 10 March – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (match starts 7pm PST)
    Monday, 11 March – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (match starts 2pm PST); Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (match starts 7pm PST)
    Wednesday, 13 March – Qualifier (1 v 2) (match starts 7pm PST)
    Thursday, 14 March – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (match starts 7pm PST)
    Friday, 15 March – Eliminator 2 (match starts 7pm PST)
    Sunday, 17 March – Final (match starts 7pm PST)

    Ticketing – The PCB will refund tickets for all Lahore matches as per the face value of the tickets with more details to follow in due course.

    With the slight amendment in the match schedule for Karachi matches, further details will be provided for existing match ticket-holders and for purchasing of tickets for the additional games.
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Mar 3, 2019.

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      Disappointing but I guess unavoidable
       
    2. Disco Lemonade
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      Yes so disappointing but seems unavoidable. That is why I believe we must make international centres reopen in Peshawar and Quetta. One city must not hold all the matches.
       
    3. Energy
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      That's very unfortunate. And quite disappointing for those who had brought tickets.
       
    4. Fireworks11
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      Sensible decision. Lahore is right at the border.
       
    5. godzilla
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      lets hope the recent activity doesnt keep international players away.
       
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      Update on PSL 2019 ticket sales and refund

      The Pakistan Cricket Board has reassured all ticket-holders of the Lahore-leg matches in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 that they will get refunds on the face value of the tickets.



      The following is the update as on Monday, 4 March, with more information to follow in due course.

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      Refund of tickets:

      • As is the case for all online sales, fans who purchased tickets through www.yayvvo.com will have their transactions reversed on to their credit / debit cards in the next few days without needing to go to the TCS centres.
      • All tickets purchased physically, will be refunded post 18 March through dedicated TCS centres across the country. The PCB will share more details of the specific TCS centres in due course
      Purchase of tickets:

      • Ticket for the 7 March match will be valid for the 11 March double-header. With approximately 85 per cent of tickets already sold, the remaining 15 per cent tickets are still up for grabs which can be purchased at the original price of the 7 March match
      • Tickets for the 9 and 14 March matches will be made available shortly for purchase. Further details will be provided in due course.
      • Tickets for matches in Karachi as per previous schedule for which dates have not changed will continue to be valid.

      https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/439680-update-on-ticket-sales-and-refund-of-psl-2019
       
    7. Ahson8
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      AB is out already
       
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      Dejected Lahore fans blame PCB for abrupt shifting of matches to Karachi

      LAHORE: Hundreds of dejected cricket fans here in Lahore have expressed utter disappointment over shifting of the three Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches to Karachi due to logistic issues and have blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the abrupt decision made on Sunday.

      The PCB, while announcing the shifting of matches, also announced that all the ticket holders of Lahore’s matches will be refunded on March 18.

      Lahore, the regular venue of some of the PSL matches since its second edition, was allocated three matches which were to be held on March 9, 10 and 12. But the PCB sprang a surprise on everyone on Sunday evening by announxcing that all matches have been shifted to Karachi due to logistic problems.

      “What logistic problems? There is no genuine reason behind shifting of the matches as just on last Thursday, the PCB held a meeting with all the six franchises owners in Dubai and all showed the consent for holding all eight matches in Pakistan — three in Lahore and five in Karachi,” said Zain Alam, a cricket fanatic who had bought five tickets of Rs 500 each for the matches.

      It is felt by the critics that had the PCB adopted a policy of holding the matches for PSL’s Pakistan leg in sequence — similar to what has been done at the three centers of the UAE — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi — the board would have easily overcome the logistic problems. “The PCB could share eight matches equally between the two cities by holding first four in the coastal city and then last four in Lahore including the final to give entertainment to fans of both the largest cities of the country,” said a knowledgeable critics of the game.

      Talking to Dawn, Zain added: “I spent almost three hours in a que in front of a courier office to purchase the tickets, but this announcement of the PCB has really dis appointed me and my friends as we have lost a great opportunity to witness exciting games” he lamented.

      Another ticket holder Muhammmad Aamir also expressed similar feelings and added that it was quite possible to sort out the logistics problems, if any, as there were many resources to deal with such problems in the modern times.

      Aamir said Lahore had successfully hosted several international matches in the last one year but now with one-stroke, all the matches have been shifted to Karachi which has caused great disappointment among the Lahorites.

      It may be mentioned that the Punjab government, in a press release published in Sunday’s newspapers, had claimed that foolproof security will be in place for the Lahore matches and the fans will have a great time.

      Meanwhile, in another press release issued by PCB on Monday: “The Pakistan Cricket Board has reassured all ticket-holders of the Lahore-leg matches in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 that they will get refunds on the face value of the tickets.

      “Refund of tickets: As is the case for all online sales, fans who purchased tickets through www.yayvo.com will have their transactions reversed on to their credit / debit cards in the next few days without needing to go to the TCS centres.

      “All tickets purchased physically, will be refunded post March 18 through dedicated TCS centres across the country. The PCB will share more details of the specific TCS centres in due course.

      “Purchase of tickets: Tickets for March 7 match will be valid for the March 11 double-header in Karachi. With approximately 85 per cent of tickets already sold, the remaining 15 per cent tickets are still up for grabs which can be purchased at the original price of the March 7 match.

      “Tickets for March 9 and 14 matches will be made available shortly for purchase. Further details will be provided in due course. Tickets for matches in Karachi, as per previous schedule for which dates have not changed, will continue to be valid,” it concluded.

      https://www.dawn.com/news/1467768/d...pcb-for-abrupt-shifting-of-matches-to-karachi
       

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