Pakistan Cricket Board finally announced its prime domestic event “Pakistan Super League”. By this announcement a long wait is over now, in a detailed Press Conference by Mr. Najam Sethi (Chairman Governing Council-PSL) at HQ of Pakistan Cricket Board, Lahore. He announced Doha, Qatar is the venue for first Pakistan Super League. It will be held in between 4th Feb, to 24th Feb next year. Mr Sethi also announced that PCB is starting with five teams for this edition; further expansion will be done in future. Teams from Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad will take part in this event.
PSL team has consent from over 40 international players. In addition, top foreign coaches are also being roped in for the first edition of the PSL. Which is very good news for our Cricket. The tournament will carry collective prize money of up to $ 1 million.
In line with the tournament commercial plan, rights for broadcast, sponsorship, and franchise ownership will be sold over the next three months. With the event venue locked, the formal PSL launch will take place in Lahore in the third week of September.
The inaugural 2013 season was supposed begin on 26 March 2013 but has since been postponed due to tight bidding schedules and cricket boards not handing out No Objection Certificate to players. The Pakistan Super League logo was officially unveiled to the public in an event organized by the PCB in Lahore. Top Pakistan cricketers including the Ex-PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and former ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat were among those who attended the event. But event remained a mystery for cricket supporters in Pakistan. Finally it is going to be organized by a new team of Pakistan Cricket Board.
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