KARACHI: As Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced to organise the Pakistan Super League next year in February, now the board will launch its own franchise-based T20 league, but it will have a new name instead of the familiar Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi had intensified his attempts to launch Pakistan’s own high-profile T20 league and it was his idea of bringing in sponsors for regions in first-class cricket.
It was decided in principle that the PCB will stage the league on its own and will not outsource it to any other organisation. It was also unanimously decided that the first edition of the league will take place in the UAE with an aim of attracting maximum number of foreign players.
It was also decided that the league’s lead manager should be a leading professional of international repute.
The documentation of the T20 league will be completed in a month and after that, the PCB will invite bidders to make their offers.
“It’s important to bring in a foreigner for such an important position to maintain the credibility of the even,” official said.
There will be five franchises, which will be formed on the names of famous cities of Pakistan. Each team would only be allowed to field four foreign players in their playing XI, but there will be no limitation regarding how many foreign players each franchise signs up.