PSL 9 matches may be shifted to UAE?
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) Governing Council convened on Monday, converging at the National Cricket Academy to deliberate upon the impending season and solidify the commencement date for the ninth edition. In the distinguished presence of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf and representatives hailing from all six PSL franchises, the gathering carried significant weight.
PCB, in collaboration with the franchisees, initiated discussions to explore alternative venues, a strategic contingency plan designed to address unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Notably the General Elections in the country or any untoward situation in law and order were two factors whereby PSL matches could be shifted to UAE.
Among the pivotal determinations reached during this momentous assembly, the decision to uphold the six-team configuration for the forthcoming season stood prominently. It signified a steadfast commitment to the existing structure that has been a cornerstone of the league's success.
In addition to retaining the format, the PCB officially locked in the schedule for the upcoming PSL season, marking it from February 8 to March 24, 2024. This announcement set the stage for cricket enthusiasts to eagerly anticipate the thrilling matches and captivating moments the tournament perennially offers.
Beyond scheduling matters, the governing council delved into various consequential subjects, notably contemplating the inclusion of a women's cricket league or exhibition matches within the PSL framework. This move reflected the organization's progressive stance towards promoting gender equality in the cricketing arena.
This foresight showcased the commitment to ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted season. Amidst these deliberations, the council also took a poignant moment to commemorate the late Alamgir Tareen, the former owner of the Multan Sultans, reflecting on his enduring contributions to the fabric of Pakistan cricket, and paying him heartfelt and respectful homage.