Qatar to host first edition of PSL in February next year  


LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) executive committee head, Najam Sethi has finally announced the first edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) will take off in Doha, Qatar, next year.

The event is scheduled for February 4 to 24 next year and will feature around 25 foreign players.

PCB had planned to launch the event in 2013 but had to postpone it twice — in 2014 and 2015 — over a lack of response from sponsors and logistics problems.

“The prize money of the event is one million dollars (100 million rupees) and we are getting encouraging responses from sponsors and foreign players,” said Sethi.

The idea behind staging the league was to give Pakistani players a chance to compete with and against top foreign players, something which the national players do not get as international cricket has been suspended in the country since 2009.

“We are in talks with 40 foreign players and we expect some 25 to sign for the league and out of these 15 will be world class players,” Sethi said of the planned league.

Four West Indians and two players each from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa were amongst the targeted names, he said.