Pakistan Super League to be held entirely in Pakistan

The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held entirely in Pakistan -- in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi.

Among the reasons to host the fifth edition of the PSL in Pakistan was the fact that the team owners suffered losses since most of the matches of the first four editions were held in the UAE.   -  AP

The fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be played entirely in the country. The decision comes after the owners of the six teams agreed to the plan proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PSL-5 is likely to be played in February-March next year.

Javed Afridi, who owns the Peshawar Zalmi franchise, said the owners agreed during a meeting on Monday that the fifth edition of the PSL should be held entirely in Pakistan -- in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi.

The owners held a meeting with PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan during the PSL Governing Council in Lahore.

“Yes, all the franchises have shown their willingness to back the PCB on having the entire PSL in Pakistan because it would also mean franchises being able to earn more and losses being reduced,” Afridi said.

He noted that the franchises had lost money since more than half of the matches of the first four editions of the PSL were held in the UAE. “Last edition's earnings from one match in Karachi was around 170 million rupees and if the entire PSL is held in Pakistan, there is no doubt it will improve revenues of the PCB and for franchises,” Afridi said on the GSports show on GNews channel.

He said the they also discussed appointing independent analysts and having security briefings to convince all the overseas players that they can play the entire PSL in Pakistan without any concerns. PCB has hosted eight matches of the PSL in Lahore and Karachi, including the 2017 final, and with a few exceptions, most of the foreign players came to Pakistan for the matches.

- Request to pay local players in Pakistani rupees -

The franchises also asked the PCB to allow them to pay their local players in Pakistani currency instead of US dollars in order to reduce their expenses and losses.

“The franchise owners made a suggestion that since the US dollar rate compared to the Pakistani currency had gone up drastically they should be allowed to pay their local players in local currency instead of dollars,” a source told PTI.

The source said some of the owners noted that the US dollar had now gone up to around 160 rupees from around 142 as compared to when the previous edition was held. He said the owners had also suggested reducing the fees paid to the players in the PSL to allow them to reduce their losses.