The temperature of Cricket fans in Pakistan is set to rise once again, as one of the most anticipated Cricket event is ready to begin.
Unfortunately, there were delays and it was postponed earlier due to coronavirus pandemic, but one thing is for sure, Pakistanis would want the event to be completed at any cost.
The event will be held in Abu Dhabi, but this is not something new, as initial seasons were held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to security reasons. Many superstar International cricketers will be a part of tournament, as it is T20 World Cup year, which may also be held in UAE due to coronavirus situation in India.
The spinners will play the most important part in the event, as the pitches in UAE are on the slower side. Quetta Gladiators will be happy with that, as they had success in first few seasons because of their spinners and slow left-arm orthodox bowlers. They have some batsmen in their side who are better against spin, so they would be looking to make a comeback after losing 4 of the first 5 matches in Pakistan.
Lahore Qalandars were also given a boost when Rashid Khan sacrificed his contract in England T20 Blast and chose to play PSL. He may also have that reason like other International cricketers, who want to experience the pitches of UAE. There is a chance that IPL, the league with most money, also set to complete in UAE.
The points table looks interesting, as Peshawar, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore have 3 wins each. All of these teams could top the points table. Nobody can rule out Quetta and Multan as well, because if they can manage to win 3 games on a trot, they will be back in the contention as well.
It will be interesting to see how teams tackle the hot and humid conditions, which would be the biggest opposition for all players. The fans would be unhappy as well, because night matches would end very late due to the weather conditions. And they will have to stay awake till around 2 AM for some matches.
But one thing is for sure, cricket fans in Pakistan would easily sacrifice their sleep for some thrilling and entertaining cricket action. If players are sacrificing so much by spending time in quarantine away from their families and playing in such conditions, fans can surely stay awake late as well.
Report by Anus Saeed