Tentative dates finalised for second PSL

Published: April 20, 2016
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While the PSL’s inaugural edition was a roaring success, the PCB wants to make the second one even ‘bigger and better’. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

While the PSL’s inaugural edition was a roaring success, the PCB wants to make the second one even ‘bigger and better’. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

KARACHI: Preparations for the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have already begun, with a tentative window of February 2017 already discussed with the Emirates Cricket Board to reserve the venues.

PSL Governing Council Chairman Najam Sethi, Marketing Director Naila Bhatti and Director International Cricket Usman Wahla recently visited the UAE to meet the local authorities and express their interest in order to avoid any hiccups in booking of the grounds.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had faced problems during the inaugural edition as the PSL’s dates clashed with the Masters Champions League. While that did little to dent the PSL, it seems the PCB have learned their lesson this time around.

“PSL officials have met with UAE’s local authorities to discuss the booking of venues for the second edition of PSL, which will be tentatively played in February 2017,” Sethi told The Express Tribune. “The letters of agreement on the grounds’ reservations would be exchanged shortly but a verbal agreement has already taken place between both parties.”

Sethi is understandably looking to build on the league’s initial momentum. “The first edition of the PSL was a huge success financially as well as in terms of audience, and we’re hopeful that the second edition will be bigger and better,” he said. “Preparations for the second edition have begun and we’ll deliver something even more exciting this time around.”

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Meanwhile, PSL accounts will be presented during the next Board of Governors meeting, scheduled to be called in the first week of May.

All credit and debit notes have been sent to the five franchises, while payments to players and staff have already been made.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th,  2016.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Pakistan
    Apr 20, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Why can’t this be held in Pakistan? It is holiday time for PCB and their Families at our expense. Why couldn’t they make the money attractive for international players? But then that would deprive Shahryars Sethis and their accomplices the free loading that they are so accustomed to by now. PSL outside Pakistan is not acceptable.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Apr 20, 2016 - 4:30PM

    @Pakistan:
    Who will come to play?Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:33PM

    The best thing about PSL is that all players and staff were paid on time which is fantastic. Add another team in second edition. Play opening match in Lahore. :) Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Apr 20, 2016 - 11:14PM

    Relocate to Pakistan, double the payments for international players, if they don’t come their loss. No decent team will tour Pakistan if our own board can’t even schedule their premier tournament in our nation.Recommend

  • someone
    Apr 21, 2016 - 5:26AM

    PCB is a joke. They want West Indies to visit them in Pakistan but themselves looking for a venue outside Pakistan for domestic league. Recommend

  • Apr 21, 2016 - 11:28AM

    We just want that psl 2nd edition would be played in pakistanRecommend

  • Chacha Jee
    May 10, 2016 - 4:43AM

    Call all the muslim players from india. I am sure they will love to In PSL in pakistan and may be even free. Recommend

  • Revenge
    May 21, 2016 - 11:23AM

    @Chach Jee Typical narrow mindedness. Can’t think of anything other than religion can you? But anyways, try it. Alk you can do is host the likes of ZIM and Kenya.Recommend

  • Begistan
    May 21, 2016 - 11:31AM

    @Arif Khan Not even a single match will be played, mark my words.

    @Woz Ahmed Their loss?? LOL! Not everyone is from ZIM who’d risk it just for few extra dollars. What PCB offers is easily get-able from their regular contracts. And just to clear your doubts, PSL without foreign players is equal to your Qaid-e-Azam equivalent. People come to watch the likes of AB, Warner, Maxwell, Smith (the very attractions of any league) and not your local ones.Recommend

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