Reports: PCB and franchises to consider auction for 7th edition of PSL
Wages are expected to be higher for players in the auction sytem.
Updated - Nov 24, 2021 2:26 pm
The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League will be held in January-February 2022 and in the latest turn of events, franchises have come up with a fresh idea ahead of their upcoming season. It has been reported that franchises and PCB are willing to go for auction rather than drafting players for the mega event. As per the report, the new PCB chairman Ramiz Raja is in the mood to make PSL a big affair, possibly bigger than India’s IPL.
Raja recently had his first meeting with franchises and talked about auctions which could have been useful in attracting the attention of world-class cricketers. It is also being in talks that if the auction system comes for PSL, players will enjoy higher wages when compared to their old draft system.
As per reports by Cricket Pakistan, franchises also opened up in the same meeting over their financial challenges in the last six years with the use of the traditional financial model. The franchises also requested the PCB to share with them the report on the financial model by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani (retd).
However, PCB stated that they wish to keep the report confidential. The sources also added that Raja is looking forward to stage all PSL matches in Gilgit Baltistan stadium as it has renovated keeping in mind the international standards. It has to be noted that Pakistan cricket has recently been going through a lot.
PCB have suffered a few losses recently
They had their first blow when the New Zealand team decided to cancel Pakistan’s white-ball tour at the last minute due to a security threat. Many big names from Pakistan called their decision wrong due to PCB had to suffer a lot financially. The worse turned when England men and women cancelled their England tour due to same reasons only.
Where PCB has been working sincerely over years to bring more and more international cricket to Pakistan, the abandonment of these two tours have come as a huge blow. It will be a thing to see if the upcoming edition of PSL will be a new ray of light for the homeland.