Final decision taken over UAE as venue of PSL 9th edition
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) Governing Council convened in Lahore, addressing several key issues. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed starting the ninth PSL edition in the UAE due to upcoming elections, but this was unanimously rejected by all franchises.
They argued that it wouldn't be wise to move the league out of Pakistan after bringing it back with great effort, citing a potential PKR 800 million loss. Chairman Management Committee, Zaka Ashraf, suggested Qatar as an alternative.
Ultimately, it was decided to hold the league after the elections. The possibility of Pakistani players participating in the UAE's ILT20 was raised, prompting discussions about strengthening the Pakistan Super League.
PCB officials promised to consider this and mentioned the development of an NOC policy in consultation with Chief Selector Inzamam ul Haq for various leagues. The meeting also addressed the issue of surrogate advertising during PSL.
In the previous edition, some teams featured sponsor logos associated with gambling businesses on their shirts. Franchises requested a clear policy to prevent such situations in the future.
PCB confirmed the existence of a policy requiring documentation to prove a sponsor's lack of connection to gambling. Only companies providing such evidence would be eligible for sponsorship, while others without documentation would be barred from the league.