PCB contemplating hosting of entire PSL next year
The inaugural edition of the PSL was staged in 2016.
Updated - Jun 8, 2018 10:19 pm
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has emerged as one of the grandest tournaments in the history of their cricket. However, the event has been a witness to quite a few hassles ever since its inception in 2016. During the second season, players in the form of Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were banned owing to spot-fixing scandals, which somewhat marred the sanctity of the event.
Also, political tensions and unwanted terror attacks have ensured that the authorities have been reluctant to bring the entire extravaganza back to the war-stricken nations. Moreover, some of the foreign players also haven’t been keen to travel the country. The likes of Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson never went to the nation.
What are the chances?
However, the authorities are thinking about hosting the entire PSL 2019 in Pakistan as per reports in Express Tribune. The law and order of the country are improving by the day and the decision on the matter is expected to be made on June 12. Previously, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cricket authorities to not host any T20 event during the period from October to March.
Provided it doesn’t happen, the PCB will be looking to hold their international series’ and the PSL in an alternative venue. The England Cricket Board (ECB) hasn’t given much attention to Pakistan’s words and they have arranged a T20 League between December and January. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (BCB) is also likely to host their tournament in October.
The T10 League in the UAE is expected to take place in November. Pakistan had initially planned to stage half of the PSL in Pakistan, however, the board may be needed to conduct the entire upcoming edition in the county. Cricket in the nation hasn’t been a witness to good times in the last decade and the hosting of PSL will come as a massive boost to their cricket.