Pakistan Cricket Board and the franchisees restated the staging of the remaining four matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 in November. On Thursday, Pakistan Super League Governing Council met via teleconference, and it was planned among the stakeholders to conduct the games in the month of November.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said “Once again, it was an engaging and interesting Governing Council meeting with common interest being the well-being and future of the HBL Pakistan Super League. Of course, the future of the HBL PSL is critical to the PCB and the franchisees and, as such, there was a continued commitment to make it a bigger, better and stronger brand. Remaining games of PSL 2019 can now take place in November”
However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they agreed to continue to review and monitor the situation before making any recommendations to the Governing Council.
Financial Stability of PSL
Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan pacer had questioned the financial feasibility of PSL for the franchises. Akhtar brought up to light the fact that several PSL teams are considering to sell their teams and exit from the league. PCB had recently set up an independent Pakistan Super League department, headed by PSL Project Executive Shoaib Naveed, to address the growing differences between PCB and PSL franchises. The framework will include regular contact between the teams and the PSL Department. Both PCB and the Franchises a agreed to this framework.
“The PCB and the franchisees expressed determination that they will continue to work together to resolve all pending matters and ensure all parties continue to flourish and benefit from what is now one of biggest and most followed cricket leagues in the world.”
“The formation of a separate PSL Department is a much needed step. HBL PSL is Pakistan’s biggest brand and a dedicated team working on it year round will improve workings for all stakeholders involved in the league. We all saw what HBL PSL means to Pakistani fans this year with the entire season taking place here. There is immense potential for us to grow collectively and we are keen to work with PCB to ensure this growth.” Stated by Islamabad United’s owner Ali Naqvi.
Sameen Rana, COO of Lahore Qalandar said “A key aspect of our long-standing partnership with the PCB is regular consultations at the PSL Governing Council level. We engaged in very fruitful discussions today and we are aligned with the PCB in terms of tackling challenges together, and further elevating and promoting HBL PSL.”