PSL’s second edition to remain five-team event

Published: May 18, 2016
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Four franchises vote in favour of not adding another side till third edition. PHOTO: PCB

Four franchises vote in favour of not adding another side till third edition. PHOTO: PCB

KARACHI: The idea of bringing in a sixth team for the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been officially shot down as a majority of the franchises asked the PSL Governing Council to abide by the initial agreement that stated another team will only be added in the third edition.

PSL Governing Council Chairman Najam Sethi wanted to introduce Kashmir as the sixth team in PSL’s second edition, with Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi also in support.

However, the idea failed to garner support from the other four franchises, who don’t want the PSL to rush the decision.

The franchises are not too eager to have another team to divide the revenue pool with.

Meanwhile, the franchises also turned down the idea of buying their own regional domestic teams as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had offered them on a basis of sharing the expenses.

“It’s important that the PCB focuses on the PSL for at least three editions and then the franchises can think about owning the domestic teams as well, but at the moment we need to build our PSL product first,” said Afridi.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2016.

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