PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has ensured that the leg of PSL will resume as per the schedule amidst all the political rift going on between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama attack a few days back.
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The the the the the the the the the the the Under a knife, but PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has ensured the tournament will be played as scheduled.
"We want to reconfirm that the PSL matches will all be played in Pakistan as scheduled," Mani said in a press conference after a meeting with all six franchises and other stakeholders at Dubai Cricket Stadium. "I would like to thank my colleagues sitting alongside Me for their support. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that PSL will continue with business as usual as we planned and this is a unanimous decision from all of us.
"I am also very grateful to our overseas players who are ready to come to Pakistan. All those who had given their commitment from the start are still with us. I am also grateful to all support staff who are working at the ground. We have a few challenges as you know on the production side, with one of our production partners pulling out overnight. But then the team we got together, they made sure that we had seamless transition and now I am absolutely confident that we will be in Pakistan as We had planned."
PSL has suffered a substantial loss in terms of sponsorships following the Pulwama attack, with companies like IMG-Reliance, Dsport and Techfront cutting their ties with the tournament. Apart from that, many overseas players have issued their concern over the leg, with a Report from ESPNCricInfo confirming Quetta Gladiators opener Shane Watson has already refused.
"There are one or two players who we know had already said no [to going to Pakistan] for other reasons, but those who had confirmed with all franchises have reassured us about their commitments being intact," said Mani.