Pakistan news September 24, 2015

Dubai, Sharjah venues for Pakistan Super League

ESPNcricinfo staff

A bunch of T20 cricket's stars will be on show in Dubai and Sharjah at the PSL in February © AFP

The inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be played in Dubai and Sharjah, from February 4 to 24, 2016. The PCB announced the venues in a release on Thursday, ending speculation over whether the UAE can accommodate both the Masters Champions League and the Pakistan T20 tournament in the February window.

In August the PCB had said the PSL would be held in Doha, Qatar, as it had learned that the organisers of the Masters Champions League, a tournament for retired international cricketers, had already booked the stadiums. Now it is confirmed that the Masters Champions League will be held in Abu Dhabi concurrently, with the other two venues will be reserved for the PSL. This solution was offered by the Emirates Cricket Board. The PCB had listed the UAE as its first-choice host given it has been the Pakistan team's virtual home since 2009, when the Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore.

"The PSL has already floated tenders for broadcasters and producers," Najam Sethi, the chairman of the governing council of the PSL, said. "This will be followed by a tendering process for sponsorships in the second week of October. Franchise owners will be inducted between mid to end November, after which the foreign and local players will be drafted and teams constituted."

The tournament will consist of five teams, one each from Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, and Islamabad. According to the PCB release, the PSL will offer up to $1 million in prize money, and "the latest tally of foreign player signing consents standing at an impressive 132. The players will be selected through a draft process in December." The teams will each have a purse of $1 million from which they can build their squads and support staff.

Sethi said: "There is a pool of top coaches also, from which franchise owners will be able to pick and chose."

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  • Saeed Latif Latif on October 28, 2015, 6:13 GMT

    I'm from kashmir my team is peshawar we are waiting

  • sabir on September 27, 2015, 11:22 GMT

    that is good news, great number of pakistani, indian and bangladeshi people are waiting for PSL,

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2015, 5:05 GMT

    It's a good decision by PCB to annouced PSL matches played here in Dubai.

  • usmanshahzada on September 26, 2015, 19:01 GMT

    Really looking forward to it and Inshallah PSL will be a big success!

  • shiraz on September 26, 2015, 12:08 GMT

    that is good news. very good decision by PCB almost 1.2 million Pakistanis and 3.6 million Indians in UAE. we Pakistanis are responsible to make this tournament successful. I know many true Indian's cricket lovers those wanna see Pakistani players in IPL and wanna see good cricket at UAE grounds. PCB should invite indian players as well (if BCB give permission to their players) and be fair with them not like what IPL organizer did with Pakistani players. I am a big cricket lover but never watch IPL except first addition because they bring politics in game.

    best wishes for PSL

  • ABDUL on September 26, 2015, 9:59 GMT

    why every board needs a league? why not just have one world league?

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2015, 6:58 GMT

    my team is peshawar and peshawar won psl

  • Muhammad on September 26, 2015, 6:42 GMT

    PSL is the talk of the town in Pakistan. would love to see some indian players like Sehwag, Yuvraj and Pathan . It will make the event more exciting

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2015, 4:26 GMT

    Lets bring it on..o man why feb is not coming early .....amir, junaid , yasir , wahab , irfan , malinga , imran khan jnr , bowling to chriss,great sanga , shakib , afridi , mukhtar, sohaib and so on ..thats awesome .....just bring it on man

  • Waseem on September 25, 2015, 21:59 GMT

    Pakistan would have been considered the first priority for PSL to be held and played at. after Pakistan UAE is the best place to hold this event at. I hope it goes successfully from start the end and the cricket fans have great time watching it and enjoying it. good luck pcb for first edition of psl

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