Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not too worried about the 10th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) clashing heads with the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The ICC announced the schedule for the FTP 2023-27 cycle which includes the ICC Champions Trophy in the February-March window, which is usually secured for the PSL.
As a result, the PSL was postponed and will now be held in March and go on till May, with the dates set to clash with the IPL’s 18th edition, which will run till June.
“It’s the local players that make the tournament worth watching. The IPL may attract the best of the best players but the best ones will play in the PSL,” a PCB official told Dawn on Wednesday.
Pakistan will also host the Asia Cup in September next year, which will revert back to the 50-over format. The Pakistan team will play 27 Tests in the next couple of WTC cycles as well.
“While finalising our Future Tours Programme 2023-2027 in a tight and densely-packed cricket calendar, we have given priority to context, quality and player workload,” PCB chief executive officer Faisal Hasnain said in a statement.
“We have also tried to find an appropriate balance across all the three formats so that these continue to co-exist meaningfully,” he added.
The preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024 will see Pakistan play against the Netherlands and the Irish cricket team.
“Pakistan will play 11 T20Is against the Netherlands, Ireland, and England in the build up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which will be jointly hosted by the United States and the West Indies,” said a PCB statement.
Pakistan men’s Future Tours Programme 2023-2027:
July: Tour of Sri Lanka (two Tests)
August: Tour of Afghanistan (three ODIs)
September: ACC 50-over Asia Cup in Pakistan
October-November: ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023
December-January: Tour of Australia (three Tests)
February-March: Hosting West Indies (two Tests, three T20Is)
May: Tour of Netherlands (three T20Is), Ireland (three T20Is) and England (five T20Is)
June: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup USA/West Indies 2024
August: Hosting Bangladesh (two Tests)
October: Hosting England (three Tests)
November: Tour of Australia (three ODIs and three T20Is)
November-December: Tour of Zimbabwe (three ODIs and three T20Is)
December-January: Tour of South Africa (two Tests, three ODIs, three T20Is)
January: Tour of New Zealand (three ODIs and three T20Is)
February: Hosting New Zealand and South Africa (ODI tri-series)
February-March: ICC Champions Trophy Pakistan 2025
May: Hosting Bangladesh (three ODIs and three T20Is)
July-August: Tour of West Indies (three ODIs, three T20Is)
August: Hosting Afghanistan (three T20Is)
August-September: ACC T20 Asia Cup (host/venue TBC)
September-October: Hosting Ireland (three ODIs, three T20Is)
October-November: Hosting South Africa (two Tests, three ODIs, three T20Is)
November: Hosting Sri Lanka (three ODIs, three T20Is)
February: Hosting Australia (three T20Is)
February-March: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup India/Sri Lanka 2026
March: Hosting Australia (three ODIs)
March-April: Tour of Bangladesh (two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is)
April-May: Hosting Zimbabwe (three ODIs and three T20Is)
July-August: Tour of West Indies (two Tests)
August-September: Tour of England (three Tests)
October: Hosting Sri Lanka (three T20Is)
October-November: Hosting England and Sri Lanka (ODI tri-series)
November: Hosting Sri Lanka (two Tests)
March: Hosting New Zealand (two Tests)
HBL Pakistan Super League (tentative windows during the 2023-2027 cycle):
2026: December 2025/January 2026