Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is thinking to host the full Pakistan Super League Season 4 edition in Pakistan. On June 12th a meeting will be held and the decision will be made to host the complete tournament in the country.
PCB has already decided that it is better to host the complete PSL Season 4 in Pakistan. But in order to finalize this decision, PCB will take all the PSL franchises on board.
The PCB and UAE cricket authorities relationship has suffered in recent times with abrupt statements coming from both sides.
Chairman Najam Sethi in April said that if UAE plans to host other leagues in between October and March, PCB will change its venue from UAE to Malaysia.
One franchise official said, “We don’t think there is any point of hosting the PSL in UAE now. We are here to do business and this does not seem like a good deal because if the tournament is being organized in the UAE, with so much T20 and T10 cricket around, we will not be getting the best possible sponsorship deals due to the saturation in the market. Broadcasters will also not be paying us sufficient amount of money for the tournament and we don’t think people will want to come to the grounds for the matches as well. We genuinely believe having next edition of PSL in Pakistan is a viable option as the country’s law and order situation has vastly improved.”
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Another franchise official believes that PSL in Pakistan will be a success. He said, “Recently we’ve seen great rivalry building up between franchises, which is great news for the competition. Once we have the PSL in Pakistan, we can attract hundreds and thousands of followers of each franchise to the ground, which means even if big name players don’t come to the country, it will not hurt the brand’s image in the long run.”