Just a week after the PSL 2020 concluded with the crowning of Karachi Kings, the Board has already started looking ahead as the next PSL is scheduled during the Feb-March window, which is less than three months away.
The preparations for the draft of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six are underway. According to sources, the process will be completed at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The possibility of holding the event in an open-air setting is being discussed because of the spread of the COVID-19. The draft for the sixth edition of the PSL is likely to be held in the second week of December.
Furthermore, due to Covid-19 protocols, the draft must be held outdoors – a condition far easier to meet in Karachi than Lahore and Islamabad, where the weather becomes far more unforgiving in the winters.
The draft, if Karachi gets the nod, will likely be held at the National Stadium. Alternatively, it could also be moved online, bypassing the physical staging altogether.
The PCB is moving ahead with its preparations despite its continued differences with the franchises over the league’s pay structure. The move is an indication that the Board expects the differences to be resolved soon.
Two of the four provinces will once again see no action of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Peshawar’s Arbab Niaz Stadium and Quetta’s Bugti Stadium won’t be ready in time to host matches for the 2021 tournament.
The PCB, a few months ago, was confident that it would make Peshawar the fifth centre to host PSL matches next year but a board delegation visited the Arbab Niaz Stadium recently.
The delegation found that renovation work at the stadium was far behind schedule and, in turn, decided that it won’t be fit to host major matches by February.
Quetta’s Bugti Stadium, too, does not have what it takes to host matches of a certain standards, putting it out of the running as well.
Meanwhile, former cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq will be involved with the team solely as the head coach after resigning from his post of chief selector earlier.
The new chief selector will formulate and discuss the list of local players for the draft pool. Former fast-bowler Mohammad Akram is being considered a strong candidate to succeed Misbah in the role of chief selector of the national men’s side. The former pacer is currently associated with the Peshawar Zalmi franchise.