Franchises, PCB decide against full PSL4 in Pakistan

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called an emergency meeting of all the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise owners here on Tuesday to take some important decisions in the backdrop of a recent announcement by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to launch its own International T20 League next year which could pose numerous problems for the much popular and successful PSL. PCB chairman Najam Sethi had already warned that if the UAE authorities continued to create hurdles in the way of the PSL, all the league matches could be shifted to Pakistan. Though it is not easy for the PCB to host all the 35 matches of the PSL in Pakistan due to security and other issues, there are reports that all the franchises are willing to play all matches in Pakistan instead of holding majority of the matches in the UAE.

    The PCB, meanwhile, has also started efforts to normalise the ties with the cricket authorities in the UAE. According to sources, the PCB has written a letter to the Emirates Cricket Board asking them not to schedule any other league in the country at least 35 days before the start of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Sources confirmed Saturday that both the PCB and UAE cricketing authorities were keen on reaching a mutually agreeable solution regarding the PSL. Both boards seem to be progressing in the right direction, with the possibility of the Emirates T20 League being organised from December 19, 2018 to January 10, 2019. That will leave a gap of more than 35 days till the start of PSL4 that is expected to begin in
    late February.

    The PCB believes the PSL has become a successful brand with the Pakistanis all around the world showing great interest in it, and even second line of foreign players could make the showpiece event very exciting and colourful on Pakistan soil. It may be mentioned here that the cost of stadium and other expenditures in the UAE are already proving too much for the PCB the grounds in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are seldom filling up for the matches. The scenario in Pakistan could be a very different one if the league matches are staged here as they could witness packed to capacity crowds as were seen during the two play-offs and the final staged in Lahore and Karachi respectively early this year in PSL-2018.

    The UAE, on the other hand, is going to be hub of the cricket in the months to come since the Afghanistan Cricket Board is also holding its first T20 league in the UAE in October this year. The UAE will also play host to the T-10 league in November and then their own International T20 league in December-January. In another development, the Indian Premier League will also organise some of its matches next year in the UAE in the wake of the general elections in India.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Franchises, PCB decide against full PSL4 in Pakistan

    KARACHI : Hopes of having a full Pakistan Super League (PSL) fourth edition in the country have ended as the franchises and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against the idea in a high-profile meeting on Tuesday.

    The idea was floated by the board officials due to an increase of T20 leagues being hosted in the United Arab Emirates, who are set to host Emirates and Afghanistan’s T20 league along with a T10 league between September 2018 and January 2019.

    However, contrary to earlier reports in the media, both franchises and board officials decided against hosting the full PSL4 in Pakistan after it was agreed that the law and order situation is not yet viable enough to organise a month-long event.

    The lack of infrastructure in the country was another reason why the PCB’s proposal was shot down.

    During the meeting, franchises also expressed to the PCB their willingness to construct a 200-room hotel inside the premises of the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and the Multan Cricket Stadium. To evaluate the offer, the PCB referred the matter to a committee who will look into the details.

    There were also discussions regarding non-payments from the franchises to the PCB in the meeting. One of the two franchises that were liable to pay a handsome amount of money to the board cleared their dues, whereas the other franchise was given a 48-hour ultimatum to clear the dues or face contract termination.
  3. abc_to_xyz

    abc_to_xyz Youngsta Beauty

    Nov 20, 2016
    That security aspect is bull****. Its the lack of luxuries which make people not tour this place.
    Imagine you got two opportunities. One with better swag and more cash while other with lesser things, which one would you choose? Don't most of us like to live in UK/US instead of PK?

    So, what happens if it UAE refuses? Malaysia? England? Srilanka? What?
  4. Energy

    Energy Cornered Tiger

    Apr 22, 2012
    Completely agree. Players, sponsors families with paid holiday in Dubai, living in Crowne Plaza's and Intercontinental.

    Cricketing wise it doesn't make any sense not to hold the tournament in Pakistan - its meant to be for the people of Pakistan, and it is proven by the crowds that turn up to watch the games.
  5. godzilla

    godzilla Smooth Operator

    May 12, 2016
    wont they struggle to get a full compliment of foreign players if its all in pakistan? if thats the case, its popularity will take a massive hit.
  6. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Eight PSL games in Pakistan next year across three venues

    Eight Pakistan Super League matches are set to be played in Pakistan next year, according to the PCB chairman Najam Sethi. It was also confirmed that UAE will continue to be the main venue for the league, where the rest of it be scheduled. The idea of having the entire tournament in Pakistan, ESPNcricinfo understands, is deemed logistically "not feasible" at this stage.

    Pakistan had concerns as their home season in the UAE runs alongside various other leagues slotted in the UAE, which hurts the PCB's commercial rights. As a result, a clash has been brewing between the PCB and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), forcing the former to explore other venues. However, the PCB has reached a deal with the ECB and retained the UAE as the venue for their home season. The ECB will avoid overlapping other tournaments with Pakistan's home series, and agreed to keep the PSL free of other cricket in the country. In addition, no cricket will be played in the country for at least six weeks before the PSL starts.

    Pakistan are also due to host New Zealand and Australia later this year. The schedule for the series has been organised in a way it avoids clashing with the Afghanistan T20 league and Emirates T20 league in the season, both of which are scheduled to be held in the UAE. Both the PCB, as well as the six PSL franchise owners, met in Lahore on Tuesday to evaluate the potential threats to their league in UAE, with the Afghan T20, the T10 and Emirates T20 league the major reasons for concern. ESPNcricinfo understands that there is a reluctance to host the PSL in the UAE, but with alternatives in short supply, the PCB has come to a decision. The board has also decided to host eight games in Pakistan across three venues; Lahore and Karachi are confirmed as two of them, with a third yet to be decided on.

    Pakistan doesn't yet have the ability to host the entire PSL in Pakistan, what with the resources that extensive security arrangements will likely demand. It will also require enlisting the help of local governments, and all these factors, according to the PCB chairman, rule this out as an option.

    "Eventually the whole PSL will come back to Pakistan one day, but at this stage it's not feasible," Sethi told ESPNcricinfo. "With every passing year, things are improving and, from the first to the third edition, we have continued to have more games in Pakistan. Next year eight or more games will come to Pakistan."

    Not all stadiums are fully ready to host PSL matches at present, with several needing extensive renovations. Size of the seating area is also an issue in certain stadiums, particularly Faisalabad and Rawalpindi. Multan is a potentially viable venue, but arrangements to stay overnight in the city aren't quite up to the mark just yet. In a surprise move, the Muzaffarabad Stadium in Kashmir is being explored as a venue, in which case teams would likely have to be flown in and out via helicopter.

    In separate proceedings, the PCB is at loggerheads with the franchises over the broadcast bid committee, with Multan Sultans understood to have been demanded representation for the franchises on the broadcast bid committee, which Sethi refused. The PCB is set to sell its broadcasting rights now that the original three-year cycle has come to an end, with the entire commercial and title sponsorship deal to be revised ahead of the fourth edition for a further period of three years.

    According to the PCB, the franchises, being stakeholders, can only have a "consultative role" in commercial deals such as broadcasting and title sponsorship deals.

    "The consensus in the PCB is that there could be conflict of interest if franchises were given representation on the broadcast bid committee in view of the other business interests franchises have. There are also issues of disclosure of information since most franchisees have media partnerships," Sethi said. "It's our prerogative to safeguard the interest of the PSL to get maximum revenues. Broadcasting deals and bidding processes are extremely confidential and sensitive matters."

    One out of six franchises is reportedly in dispute over payments with the PCB. It is understood the PCB was considering terminating the franchise over non-payment, but the Multan Sultans owner came to the rescue, convincing the PCB to allow them another 48 hours to make payment arrangements. The franchise owner, when approached, confirmed that USD 600,000 was owed, but claimed the PCB hadn't shared revenue fairly, and he believed it was the PCB who owed the franchise money instead.

    ESPNcricinfo's investigations suggest all other franchises have cleared any outstanding financial obligations they had to the PCB.

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