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. ----------------- 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.