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PSL next editions will be all Pakistan events, says PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani


LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani said on Thursday that the matter to make Pakistan Super League (PSL) a separate entity on the pattern of successful and modern leagues of the world is under consideration.

"We want that the PSL should work as an independent body under the control of the PCB and it should work on modern processional lines to make it a successful venture the way other leagues in the world are functioning independently," Mani told the media here at Gaddafi Stadium.

Ehsan Mani said the prime objective to make the PSL an independent organisation is to make sure that decisions are being taken timely on professional lines and to make the league a profit earning venture besides making it a quality event, being participated by the world best players.

He said the next editions of the PSL would be all-Pakistan events with matches being played at different centres of the country with full house of audience watching the players in action.

The PCB chief made it clear that no franchiser has violated its contract of the PSL with the PCB and a wrong impression had been created in a section of the press in this regard.

"All the franchisers of the PSL have agreed to have all the matches at home and foreign players also have the keenness to play in Pakistan and their participation will add colour and festivity to the event," he said.

Ehsan Mani said Karachi's national stadium has been upgraded and renovated at a cost of Rs 2 billion while Rs 200 to 300 million and Rs 200 million are being spent on Rawalpindi and Multan stadiums to make them ready for staging the PSL matches.

"Lahore Gaddafi Stadium is ever ready for the PSL matches as it staged its final and semi-finals in the previous editions of the PSL," he said.

"By having matches of the PSL at home, we will be seeing the franchisers of the teams reaping the benefits by earning revenue which they could not due to matches at the UAE," said the PCB chairman.
Has PCB started planning for full PSL season on home soil?


LONDON: One had expected more from Wasim Khan, the managing director of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

From the start of the World Cup, Wasim was in England apparently on a mission to garner support for Pakistan cricket and PCB’s campaign to permanently revive international cricket in the country.

After spending more than two weeks in England, Wasim headed for home following Pakistan’s embarrassing World Cup defeat against India at Old Trafford on Sunday.

He was back at the Board headquarters in Lahore earlier in the week and gave a detailed report to members of the PCB Board of Governors when they met on Wednesday.

Wasim, the first British-born Muslim to play county cricket, told the BoG members that he has lined up a couple of projects with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

“PCB Managing Director Mr Wasim Khan reported as part of investing in developing and up-skilling officials, a discussion has taken place with an official of the England and Wales Cricket Board to send Pakistan’s first-class umpires to England to officiate in second eleven cricket in 2020,” the PCB said in a media release following the BoG meeting in Lahore.

“In addition, Mr Wasim Khan also updated the BoG that an in principle partnership had been reached with Warwickshire County Cricket Club to send young players and coaches as part of an exchange programme.”

But there was no mention of whether Wasim was able to convince officials and players during his England trip about coming to Pakistan for an entire season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year. The PCB is planning to stage the PSL 4 fully on home soil following instructions from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan, who have previously hosted most of the T20 league matches in UAE, are confident that they have the infrastructure to stage a complete edition of the PSL in their own backyard.

But the biggest stumbling block in their plans to have a completely Pakistani PSL edition could be the non-availability of foreign stars. It is understood that one of Wasim’s responsibilities is to use his influence in English cricket circles to convince officials and players here that Pakistan is now a safe place to play cricket.

However, during the BoG meeting, there was no mention of PSL or whether a campaign has been started to convince leading players to come here for a full edition of the league next year.

Instead the MD spoke about the grand plans of sending Pakistani umpires to England to officiate in second eleven cricket in 2020.

Wasim later commented via a PCB media release that such steps would “contribute significantly to a stronger Pakistan cricket.”

“It’s the commitment and resolve of this set-up that it will invest in developing its assets and resources. Our recent investment into our pathway cricket and a comprehensive National Cricket Academy Programme 2019-2020 are an illustration of that commitment.

“Now, we are expanding our reach, and utilising our goodwill and contacts with other Boards to provide further foreign exposure to our high-performing match officials and cricketers. The PCB is confident this will contribute significantly to a stronger Pakistan cricket,” he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the BoG members praised PCB for acquiring the hosting rights of next year’s Asia Cup.

“The BoG congratulated the PCB on earning the hosting rights of the ACC Asia Cup T20 2020 in September next year, and appreciated the PCB’s efforts in engaging with the ICC Members as part of their efforts for the normal resumption of international cricket in Pakistan,” the PCB media release said.

The BoG also approved plans to commercialise Bugti Cricket Stadium in Quetta.

“On the recommendation of the PCB management, which was in line with its strategic objective to strengthen and increase the capability and capacity of its affiliated units, the BoG principally approved the proposal to commercialise the Bugti Cricket Stadium, Quetta. It was agreed that a Working Group be set-up, which will draft and submit detailed proposals to the BoG for its approval,” the PCB said.

Ehsan Mani, PCB’s chairman who chaired the BoG meeting, hoped that the step would prove to be a game-changer for cricket in Quetta region.

“I am grateful to the BoG for their support and the approval of the Bugti Cricket Stadium’s commercialisation with an aspiration of becoming a world-class centre. This will prove to be a game-changer for Quetta and the region as it will generate significant revenues that will be reinvested into cricket to provide bigger and better opportunities for the whole community,” he stated.

PCB, team owners agree to stage entire PSL in Pakistan

The biggest hurdle remains the availability of foreign players.
LAHORE: All owners of the six franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have agreed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s plans to hold the fifth edition of the competition in 2020 in the country.

But the biggest hurdle remains the availability of foreign players,who have to be convinced to stay in Pakistan for the entire duration of the league.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani held an informal meeting with the owners at a local hotel here on Monday and discussed the pros and cons of holding all matches in Pakistan.

The owners, it is learnt, have expressed reservations as to how to convince the foreigner cricketers and make them stay in Pakistan. However, it was agreed that both the PCB and the owners would move jointly to convince maximum numbers of overseas cricketers to come and play in the league.

It may be mentioned that in the last edition PCB successfully staged eight matches in Karachi in which a good number of foreign cricketers and the staff of the broadcaster stayed in the city. That experience would help a lot in convincing the foreigner players to make themselves available for the fifth edition.

Meanwhile, another massive task for the PCB to hold the PSL matches in Pakistan is the challenge of upgrading the stadia in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan.

At present only Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and National Stadium in Karachi are in position to host the matches under international atmosphere.

Published in Dawn, August 6th, 2019
Focus should be now to 100% Pakistan based League but the standard of Broadcasting
The stadium Renovation work , facilities for Fans / Family need to be world class
We need modern stadium with 50,000+ capacity, VIP boxes, vendor shops and food stalls.







indeed we need to upgrade our stadiums but we need to privatize them for that
Updates of Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Renovation underway



HBL Pakistan Super League General Council meeting held in Karachi

September 30, 2019

The HBL Pakistan Super League General Council met today in Karachi. Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani chaired the meeting, all six franchises had their representatives present in the session.

During the meeting, both PCB and the franchises renewed the commitment of holding the entire HBL PSL 2020 edition in Pakistan.

A wide variety of issues were discussed in the meeting, including the minutes of the last GC meeting; potential dates for holding the HBL PSL 2020 Draft towards the end of November; and, details of the revenue share from the central pool for the 2019 season that were earlier shared with the franchises were also analysed at length.

All pending issues were debated between the PCB and the franchises and consensus was reached on critical issues.

Chief Executive PCB Wasim Khan said: "We had fruitful discussions with our valued partners today and we have found a way forward. In the days ahead, our preparations for the HBL PSL 2020 season will continue in full swing, we are committed to staging the entire edition in Pakistan and the franchises are on-board with us.

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"Cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world will enjoy another action-packed edition of HBL PSL; some of the best T20 talent will grace our stadiums. Both PCB and franchises will leave no stone unturned to ensure a real spectacle of cricket."

Meanwhile, during the meeting, an update on the player registration for the next season was given which was likely to open imminently and some

of the biggest T20 stars from around the world were expected to take part in the 2020 HBL PSL season.

During the meeting, the HBL PSL 2020 schedule along with broadcast plans was also discussed; details of the same will be shared in due course.
PCB, PSL franchises resolve differences
The PCB also shared the financial report of the fourth edition of the league

01 October, 2019


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approved most of the requests made by the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises, marking an end to the troubled relations between the two sides, during a Governing Council Meeting in Karachi on Monday.

In the next edition of the PSL, the PCB will not ask for bank guarantees and instead take a cheque for the entire fees from the franchises.

The PCB also shared the financial report of the fourth edition of the PSL and announced a profit of PKR 270,000,000 per franchise. However, this amount will be subject to the deduction of expenditures.

A fixed dollar rate has been set which will now be PKR 138. A new revenue model was also discussed at great lengths but it will be finalised at a later date. A new model of home and away matches was also presented by officials whereby each franchise would organise its own matches and claim the profits in their entirety.

The player draft for the fifth edition of the PSL has been scheduled for the end of November. The player budget has now been reduced to US$ 1100,000 per franchise.

The biggest resolution was that of the issue bank guarantees which had irked franchise owners and created a deadlock between the parties involved. The resolution of this issue will now reduce the financial burden on the franchises.
Local players’ category finalised for PSL 2020

October 26, 2019


The completion of the renewal process has also kick-started the player recruitment process for the upcoming season. — File
LAHORE: The HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will once again feature the best of Pakistan cricket talent as the new categories of local players who took part in the PSL 2019 season have been finalised.

Babar Azam, the newly-appointed Pakistan T20 captain, heads the Platinum category; team-mates Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali (leading wicket-taker in PSL 2019) and Shadab Khan have graduated to the Platinum category for the HBL PSL 2020 season.

The completion of the renewal process has also kick-started the player recruitment process for the upcoming season.

As part of the category renewal process, one representative from each of the six franchises voted for local player categories. Franchise representatives were not allowed to vote for their own players.

The teams had a right to submit review requests at the end of this process.

Head of player acquisition and management Imran Ahmed Khan and national selection coordinator Nadeem Khan then reviewed the final list based on this process.

Meanwhile, various factors such as HBL PSL performances, national team performances, domestic performances and perceived T20 brand value were considered at length as part of the two-step player category renewal process.

All those who have donned the Pakistan colours were assigned a base category of Gold. According to this year’s draft rules, each team is allowed to retain up to eight players from last year’s roster.

Players who are U-23 but have been called up to the Pakistan squad before the category finalisation process cannot be a part of the Emerging category. Additionally, U-23 players cannot be part of a squad as an Emerging player for more than two years unless they have played three or less matches in these two years.

The teams reserve the right to float relegation requests for the players before finalising retentions. After relegation request is floated, all other teams shall be given a chance to meet the player’s base category. If no team matches the player’s base category, the player will be relegated to a category below his base category.

Relegation requests may only be floated after obtaining consent from the player. The list of all local players who were not part of the PSL 2019 shall be released separately.

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