PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja Hints At Introducing Women's PSL

Updated - 10 Nov 2021, 07:19 PM

Ramiz Raja
PCB president Ramiz Raja. Credits: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has hinted about organising a Women’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), which would be the first major league for women in Asia.

Currently, the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and the recently-introduced Women’s Hundred in England are the top two major destinations for female cricketers to ply their trade in franchise leagues. In addition, the BCCI have hosted the Women’s T20 Challenge, but that has been restricted to three teams so far.

To grow the game in Pakistan, Ramiz Raja added that he hopes to start a PSL for women’s and for the Under-19 players as well.

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“In October, hopefully we will launch something a PSL for Under-19 level cricket. We are very excited because this has not happened anywhere in the world. England will send their Under-19 players, we will look after them. We will create a new property,” Ramiz Raja said in a video released by the PCB.

“Women’s PSL is also on my mind. Hopefully we can become the first cricket board in Asia to launch it (a women’s T20 franchise league).”

ECB also understood they committed a mistake by withdrawing: Ramiz Raja

The PCB have received two major boosts in the past few days: Australia confirmed their all-format tour to Pakistan for March-April next year; ECB CEO Tom Harrison met with Ramiz Raja and confirmed that England will tour Pakistan in September 2022 for a 7-match T20I series, after cancelling their 5-match series earlier.

ECB Deputy Chairman Martin Darlow and Chief Executive Tom Harrison with PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja
ECB Deputy Chairman Martin Darlow and CEO Tom Harrison with Ramiz Raja. Photo- PCB

“England and Australia tours are massive breakthroughs, and I expect our side to perform well. I want us to be a proud nation and our fans, our team, and the board to be respected.

“I think the ECB also understood they committed a mistake by withdrawing, and it was a knee-jerk reaction. This tour was important, and it’s their gratefulness.

“Coming over here to sort things out and accepting their fault and promising to play two additional T20Is is good news for our fans because I believe Pakistan should have a home season so spectators come and watch and top teams should tour,” the PCB chairman stated.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have reached the semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup; Babar Azam’s side is the only team to still be undefeated in the tournament, having won all their five matches so far. Pakistan will meet Australia in the semi-final on Thursday in Dubai.

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