LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially announced to shift Pakistan Super league’s (PSL) venue from Qatar to Dubai, Sharja, TheNewsTribe.com reported.
With the announcement of venue shift, PCB has also disclosed complete schedule of PSL as well.
The League will be held in UAE from 4 to 28 February, 2016.
Total 5 teams will be included in the first edition with 24 matches between them.
Qatar would serve as a venue. The PSL had initially contacted top agencies handling over 100 international players to consider playing in Pakistan. The response was overwhelmingly negative, which forced the PSL to be held outside Pakistan. The PCB has promised financial packages greater or equal to those offered in the Bangladesh Premier League, Sri Lanka Premier League and the Big Bash League.
Last week, the PCB had hinted that it was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board over the possibility of hosting the tournament in the UAE, despite confirming earlier that Doha, the PSL will feature franchise-based teams from the provincial capitals – Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – with prize money of $1 million.
The full schedule is yet to be announced but the window between February 4 and 24 has been reserved for the 24-match event. It is expected that all the matches will be played at a single venue.
If the tournament takes place in Doha, it will be the first major cricket series hosted by the Qatar capital, which will also host the 2022 edition of the football World Cup.
The PCB had initially planned on conducting the PSL in the UAE, where Pakistan have been playing their international matches, but they were forced to look for an alternative venue after being told by the Emirates Cricket Board that it was hosting the Masters Champions League (Twenty20 tournament featuring retired cricketers) on the same dates.
The PCB and the ECB, however, are looking at hosting the PSL in the UAE if an appropriate scheduling window is available. Still the PCB has a long way to go to make it a success as the first challenge is to get financial sponsors. The board is not in a position to suffer any financial loss, especially if the Pakistan-India series is not held as per plan in coming December in the UAE.