The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League [PSL] is likely to take place in the month of January and February next year, Cricket Pakistan has reported.
Normally, the Pakistan Super League takes place in the month of February and March but with the Australian Cricket Team set to tour Pakistan during this said period, the PCB and franchise owners have decided to bring forward the tournament by a month.
With the Australians set to tour Pakistan after a gap of 24 years, PCB does not want to take any chance, CEO Wasim Khan had told Cricket Pakistan back in June.
Staging the Super League after the Australian series would have meant that the tournament would have missed out on some of the marquee international recruits due to the IPL, which is likely to get underway from March 2022.
“We will have to sit down with the franchises and discuss this [PSL 7]. Australian team is visiting after 22 years. If we miss this window, they won’t return for another three or four years as their Future Tours Programme is already decided,” said PCB CEO Wasim Khan in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, back in June.
“In January the weather in Karachi is decent and in early February we can shift the tournament to Punjab but we still need to do planning in this regard,” he added.
That said, if the PCB goes ahead and stages the seventh edition of the franchise T20 league in the month of January-February then it could still face issues with regards to overseas players’ availability as the BBL will be on during that period.
The BBL is slated to take place between December 05-January 28 across the length and breadth of Australia.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan, COO Salman Naseer, GM Commercial Imran Ahmed Khan and PSL Senior General Manager Operations Usman Wahla and the PSL franchise representatives recently engaged in a teleconference where both the parties discussed a way forward with regards to the new commercial rights cycle and established a framework for rights evaluation and their sale.