PCB warns UAE board, threaten to shift PSL and home venue away

PCB warns UAE board, threaten to shift PSL and home venue away

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has warned UAE board over issue of holding cricket series in UAE during bracket reserved for Pakistan.

PCB sought a written assurance from Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that it will not host any T20 league between October and March to protect commercial interests of Pakistan cricket.

PCB official said the board has also made it clear to the ECB that it will look to Malaysia as a potential home venue if it fails to provide assurance.

“We have sought written assurances from ECB that they will not host any T20 leagues from October to March that could create a conflict of interest with our bilateral fixtures with Australia and New Zealand and the Pakistan Super League (PSL),” the official said.

“If they don't give us these firm commitments then we will consider the option of moving our fixtures to Malaysia,” he added.

The official confirmed that the PCB management has already checked the facilities in Malaysia and they are satisfied.

“We have checked their facilities and these are up to the mark,” he said.

Earlier, it was announced that Afghanistan Cricket Board will host its T20 league in UAE, which is also home to Pakistan’s fixture.

Last year, Pakistan had supported the T10 league in UAE, but the board is likely to reconsider its decision to support the shortest format league for the second season.