Six in the city: PSL’s second edition to have additional franchise

Governing Council hopes to capitalise on success by increasing tournament’s size

Nabeel Hashmi April 23, 2016
The extra matches will not only appeal to fans, but it will also lead to more revenue through ticket sales, broadcasting rights and sponsorships while also giving exposure and opportunity to more players. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

KARACHI: The second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), scheduled to be played in February 2017 in the UAE, might have another team added to it to take the total number of franchises to six.

The inaugural edition won by Islamabad United featured Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings alongside the eventual winners.

Islamabad crowned PSL champions

The PSL Governing Council is mulling over an additional team in order to increase the number of total matches and is looking to float the idea to the franchise owners and the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Board of Governors (BoG).

PSL Governing Council Chairman Najam Sethi feels the idea also makes sense from a monetary standpoint. “The first PSL was a phenomenal success and the asset value of the franchises has doubled in one year,” he said, while talking to The Express Tribune. “We don’t need to wait for another year to add a sixth team because we can expect to get good value right now.”

Is the PSL delivering?

Sethi added that changes are being planned to improve the second edition and formation of teams so that emerging players also get more opportunities. “We’re planning to make the induction of one U19 player mandatory for every team since this idea has worked well in the ongoing Pakistan Cup,” he added.

Islamabad's winning moments in 2016 PSL

Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd,  2016.

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aka | 7 years ago | Reply No gilgit baltistan team?
Brainy Bhaijan | 7 years ago | Reply Sethi is trying to woo the GHQ through this maneuver. A better option would be Multan as it would cater to the south Punjabis.
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