PCB to restrict its contracted players from playing any league other than PSL held in UAE
The decision was taken in the recent PSL Governing Council meeting held in Lahore.
Updated - Jun 13, 2018 2:36 pm
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to allow the contracted players to feature in any T20 league other than Pakistan Super League (PSL) which will be held in the United Arab Emirates. UAE has become the centre stage to host the various T20 tournaments over the years which has forced the PCB to contemplate about shifting its international home fixtures as well.
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is set to host the second edition of the T10 league and its own T20 league this year. Also, the inaugural edition Afghanistan Premier League will commence in the next season and run alongside the home series of Pakistan against New Zealand and Australia. The PCB is afraid that it will hurt their commercial interests which is the reason they are thinking to move the matches out of the UAE.
A 35-day window for PSL
According to the media reports, the PSL governing council member and the PCB chairman Najam Sethi has been negotiating with ECB to create a 35-day window for the next edition of the PSL to provide them with enough room to make necessary logistical arrangements and marketing strategies.
The decision of restricting the contracted players from playing in the other leagues was taken in the governing council meeting which was held in the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. They have also decided that at least 8 matches of the PSL next season will be held in Pakistan next year after hosting three successfully earlier this year.
Interestingly, there was also an increase in the salary cap of the PSL squads even as five out of the six franchises cleared the dues with the PCB and Peshawar Zalmi has given the firm commitment to do it soon. But the major concern at the meeting for the franchises was the amount of cricket being played in the UAE which is likely to affect the PSL.