PCB to set Arbab Niaz Stadium as Peshawar Zalmi home from PSL 2021: report

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A pre-renovations picture of Arbab Niaz Stadium circa 2016. - Photo courtesy: Javed Afridi/Twitter 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to add the city of Peshawar to its host cities for next year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, Jang reported on Wednesday.

The PSL 2020 saw matches played in the cities of Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan with all four having their home representatives in the six-team league.

However, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators were the only two sides that were without a home venue.

The PCB, as per the Urdu daily, plans on solving at least Zalmi’s problem by assigning them Peshawar’s Arbab Niaz Stadium, once the renovation work at the venue has concluded.

It means that in the next edition the only team without a home ground will be the Gladiators. While Quetta does have the Bugti Stadium, Jang reports that it would be difficult to stage matches there due to the security situation in Balochistan.

By the looks of it, the Bugti Stadium neither has floodlights nor does it have a roof on the stands, which means that apart from the security situation, the venue lacks basic features needed to host matches of PSL quality.

PCB to set Arbab Niaz Stadium as Peshawar Zalmi home from PSL 2021: report