Five-team Pakistan Super League expected to begin next year

Published: June 12, 2015
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The PSL will replace the Super8 T20 tournament as the country’s premier T20 event. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/EXPRESS

The PSL will replace the Super8 T20 tournament as the country’s premier T20 event. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been suggested to hold a five-team Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE by consultants Repucom in order to make the inaugural edition of the event successful.

The board has hired the trusted and globally recognised Repucom to devise a plan for the T20 league, consulting them on matters such as where the tournament should be held, the number of teams that should participate in it, the risk factors involved and how they can be avoided, and how the PCB can attract and engage sponsors and improve the marketability of the product.

Repucom has been involved with leading global sports brands such as Adidas, Australian Tennis, Bundesliga, English Premier League, Australia Rugby and Australian Football. The firm’s client list boasts the biggest sporting organisations such as Seattle Seahawks, Melbourne FC, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Lakers, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern München, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Major League Baseball (MLB), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), European Tour International, PGA Tour, NASCAR and Volvo Ocean Race SLU.

“The PCB has been advised by PSL consultants Repucom to go ahead with a five-team event in the inaugural edition,” a senior PCB official told The Express Tribune. “We’ve hired Repucom because they have a reputation of delivering in big projects and their advice would certainly help the viability and credibility of our high-profile T20 league. As things stand, the venue would be the UAE as we don’t want to rush things in Pakistan and want to build on the successful tour of Zimbabwe.”

The board has sped up the efforts as it is keen to host the league next year, especially since the project has already been delayed twice previously — once in the tenure of Zaka Ashraf and then again when Najam Sethi was the board’s chairman.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, board’s executive committee head Sethi and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed are all keen on ensuring that the league takes place next year.

While they will have to take the governing board members in confidence regarding the project in an important meeting on Saturday at the PCB headquarters, it appears merely a formality at the moment.

“The plan is to go ahead with the PSL next year in February because that is the only window available in the near future. If the PSL does take place, then it will be after the tour of New Zealand and before the World Twenty20 in India,” added the official further. “We’ll have around three weeks to complete the competition and it would be easier to attract big names with the T20 league being played in the UAE.”

If the project materialises, the five teams will play each other on a double-league basis followed by a final between the top two sides.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • gajender
    Jun 12, 2015 - 10:16AM

    Please don’t invite us Indians
    we will be glad.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jun 12, 2015 - 12:40PM

    @gajender:
    Please don’t think that we will.Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 12, 2015 - 1:43PM

    Good work PCB. Please go ahead with the plan. All Pakistan’s cricket fans around the world wants to see this tournament happens. Recommend

  • powvow
    Jun 12, 2015 - 2:34PM

    @Liberal – “Please don’t think that we will.”

    No point in your invitation.. Nobody except perhaps Zimbabwe would dare to step on your soil.Recommend

  • naj
    Jun 12, 2015 - 3:14PM

    @gajender:

    Grow up!Recommend

  • Deepak
    Jun 12, 2015 - 3:28PM

    to all pakistanis who says we don’t need India. Look at history you beg for cricket series, you beg for your players be included in IPL, you beg for role in bollywood, your people visit India. How many times you have seen opposite. Now some pakistanis will say those are not true pakistanis. So is it our fault that your citizens are not true pakistnis? Recommend

  • Our game our rules!
    Jun 12, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Indians clearly acting here as ‘jealous, naraz rishtedar’ jinhe shadi mein bulanay ka dil bhi nahi chah raha hota lekin rishte ki munasbat se bulana bhi parta hai. lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ET mods, surely you are not one of them, so please get this throughRecommend

  • crew
    Jun 12, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Indians are like naraaz phuppi’s. Grow up Indians plzzzz and look at your own backyard. IPL does’nt make you world leaders. You are world’s biggest povertyRecommend

  • Waleed Nabeel
    Jun 12, 2015 - 7:11PM

    I don’t understand why Indian fellows even bother to comment on this forum. Shakal achi na ho to banda baat hi achi kar leta ha. Always negative comments. Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2015 - 10:24PM

    no need to play series with india… aus and africa or England are better …New zealand or also west indies …Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Jun 14, 2015 - 5:04AM

    The PCB should have its budget allocated within the Pakistani defense budget … after all cricket is also a means of war for the Pakistanis … !!Recommend

  • Bharatiya from Australia
    Jun 14, 2015 - 6:32AM

    Friends from both sides, lets not use Cricket as political ground…Lets act with maturity and let sanity prevail… games will be held in UAE there should be no security concerns…I hope and wish Indians and Ozs play in PSL.Recommend

  • Tiwana
    Jun 14, 2015 - 10:23AM

    @crew: I hope you become world leader after psl, best of luck Recommend

  • faiz khan
    Jul 1, 2015 - 4:44AM

    i wanr play p.s.l i am a cricketer age18 years oldRecommend

  • Aug 6, 2015 - 10:40AM

    Good pcb work…Recommend

  • Aug 6, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Good pcb work..don’t play indian corruption players..Recommend

  • rao waqas anjam
    Oct 9, 2015 - 3:37PM

    PaKistan super leuge in the world PSL sy to big IPL Recommend

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