KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have decided against the idea of hosting the entire season four of the league in the country, during a meeting on Tuesday.
The suggestion to hold the entire next season of PSL in Pakistan was made after UAE and Afghanistan planned to organize T20 leagues at the Emirates between September 2018 and January 2019. However, contrary to earlier reports, both franchises and the board have now decided against hosting the PSL4 in Pakistan.
The decision has been taken after it was agreed that the law and order situation is not yet viable enough to organize a month-long event. Instead, the PCB has decided to hold eight out of 34 matches in Pakistan. “All franchises expressed full confidence in the PCB’s attempts to bring more PSL matches to Pakistan. It was decided that at least eight matches will be held in Pakistan next year,” PCB said in a statement.
During the meeting, the franchises also expressed to the board their willingness to construct a 200-room hotel inside the premises of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and Multan Cricket Stadium. Following the offer, cricket regulatory authority in the country has referred the matter to a committee who will look into the details.
The meeting was also informed that five franchises have cleared all dues. A firm commitment was made by the sixth franchise that all remaining dues shall be cleared shortly. The governing council, according to the PCB statement, also expressed full confidence in chairman Najam Sethi’s efforts for the promotion and protection of PSL.