PSL ends on 17th March, IPL begins on 23rd March

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  1. Munna
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    PSL final will be played on 17th March in Karachi and IPL opening ceremony will be hosted in Chennai just a few days later.

    I have always thought that PCB misses a trick every year by scheduling PSL just before IPL and there are multiple concerns:

    Concern 1:
    Most countries now keep their March-April window free due to IPL. Most of the cricket is played during the Jan-Feb months in order to give players a chance to play in the Indian league.

    It just does not help PSL in terms of viewership and foreign players recruitment.

    This is the FTP during the PSL dates:

    Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 2019
    Feb 13 - Mar 24
    Bangladesh tour of New Zealand, 2019
    Feb 13 - Mar 20
    Afghanistan v Ireland in India, 2019
    Feb 23 - Mar 21
    Australia tour of India, 2019
    Feb 24 - Mar 13

    Concern 2:
    Foreign players prefer saving themselves for IPL. We have experienced in the past the hard way that some foreign players prefer giving their bodies rest or nurse minor injuries in order to be 100% fit for the IPL where they obviously earn in millions. Joffra Archer and Bravo come to mind on this.

    Concern 3:
    Not an IPL related matter but Jan-Feb are usually very busy cricket months and we are ourselves on a tour during this period. Last year it was the New Zealand tour and this year Pakistan team will return from South Africa just before PSL kicks off next month and the players will hardly get any rest for the month-long league.

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    I am sure there are one or two possible windows in the calendar where PSL can be scheduled. June is one but that's the peak summer time in Pakistan, October could be the other I guess where no other T20 league is happening and the impact of IPL won't be there much.
     
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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    Its also WC year.. doubt most odi regular bowlers will bother much leagues just couple of months before WC. Im surprised they are allowed by boards considering injury threats

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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    And i agree @Munna this is one of the reason why very few (regulars for their teams) intl players signed for psl. Most of our intl players are not even bench players lol.. either retired or not playing.

    Premium quality players just pick n choose n play only couple of games as in case of Eoin Morgan.

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    The cricket Calendar year is already jam packed.

    Dec - Jan is the summer season for Aus/NZ/SA so they’re inevitably going to have multiple series meaning their opponents are also occupied

    April is IPL

    May - Aug is the summer season for England so they’ll be busy along with their opponents

    Sep - November is probably the only potential slot where there is limited cricket but that’s when Pakistan are usually commencing their Home series in UAE. Playing PSL in this period could affect Pakistan’s international cricket Calander as they’re likely to get more opponents available in these months compared to Feb - March.

    Bear in mind this doesn’t take into account the various T20 leagues such as Big Bash, NatWest Blast, CPL or SA T20 league.
     
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  5. Munna
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    Even the likes of Steve Smith and Watson show us nannay bharam. Can't believe we have the likes of Ian Bell coming in this time... even he himself is shocked about getting picked.

    And Sept-Nov is the best period imo for PSL. Don't know about this year, but June and October were the only months where no other league was happening. The main objective should be to move away from the IPL.
     
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    Yeah that is the only remaining available slot where there is limited international cricket happening worldwide. If Pak can commence their home season in Nov then PSL can happen in Oct.
     
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    harsha Youngsta Beauty

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    Need to have one or 2 common window for the T20 leagues. The mercenaries can divide the time accordingly between the leagues.
     
  8. Del
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    I second @Munna Sep/Oct window make more sense, due to

    A) No clash with any other Major league.
    B) Star players availability will increase, because not all top teams including AUS, SA, NZ and ENG would be busy will be busy.
    C) Once top T20 players from the above said teams will take part in PSL, then viewers from those countries will also follow PSL.
     
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    Mohan Formerly 'Captain Clutch'

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    Don't we have the world cup this year in June?
     
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    Don't we have the world cup this year in June?[/QUOTE]

    Yes, that's why and also considering the extreme hot weather in Pak/UAE around June it can't be considered a good time to play cricket.
     
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    Mohan Formerly 'Captain Clutch'

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    Is D Sports going to broadcast the PSL in India this year too?
     
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