KARACHI: Attempts are being made to schedule at least five matches of the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the mega city of Karachi, sources privy to the matter said.
It has already been announced that the last eight matches of PSL 2019 will be held in Pakistan, with the final scheduled to be held in Karachi on March 17. The tournament will commence from February 14, 2019 in the UAE.
Out of these eight matches, talks are under way to schedule five matches at Karachi’s National Stadium, sources said. Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, is slated to host the other three matches of the Pakistan leg of the tournament.
The fourth season of the Pakistan Super League will be held in 2019 and the PSL squads were finally announced at the end of the PSL Draft that was held on November 20. PCB terminated franchise rights of Multan Sultans with Schon Properties Broker LLC.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited bids from interested parties for the rights to the sixth franchise of the Pakistan Super League.
The sixth team, formerly known as Multan Sultans, had its franchise agreement terminated by the PCB after it failed to meet its financial obligations. Following the termination of the contract, all rights in respect of the team were reverted back to the cricket board.
Interested parties have until December 14 to obtain bid documents from the PCB. Information obtained from any other source shall not be deemed official, the board states in its invite.
Technical and financial proposals have to reach the PCB office in Lahore by 11am December 18.
On Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen’s son Ali Khan Tareen said he will bid for the sixth franchise. “If we win the rights to the sixth team we will continue with the name Multan,” he told media.
Speaking to a Private TV Channel, Ali said, “If we win the rights to the sixth team we will continue with the name Multan.”
We are making sure that the team from South Punjab does not get out of our hands,” Ali said, adding, “We are working on cricket in South Punjab.”
“Our goal is to make an academy and ground in every district and support club cricket so that young cricketers can have a chance to play at the national level.”