PCB not keen on staging remaining four games of PSL

The Pakistan Cricket Board is not very keen on staging the remaining four matches of the Pakistan Super League. The fund-starved PCB is evaluating the commercial impact of conducting the four matches.

The huge difference between the expected revenue and the expenses is the major dissuading factor for the PCB. The cost of  staging the games, which will primarily be played for television audience, will run up to Pakistani rupees five crore, whereas revenue  may not even reach the 15% of the total expenditure. Broadcast production will be the biggest cost factor.

The league was suspended abruptly in March due to the countrywide lockdown in wake of the COVID-19 spread. Thirty matches had been completed by then as the entire season is being played in Pakistan for the first time.

The PCB, according to Indian news agency PTI, has called a video conference of the PSL Governing Council on Thursday. The PSL franchisees have been asked to share their view point on staging the remaining four games.

The franchisees have already been informed about the commercial implications of completing the season.

Karachi and Lahore, who have never made it to the PSL final in the earlier four seasons, are reported to be keen on completing the league. Multan and Peshawar are the other two teams in the last-four stage.

The franchises have recently in a joint letter to the PCB had outlined their concerns on the financial issues.

If the franchisees insist, the remaining gams can be staged either in October or November in the window created by an expected deferment of the T20 World Cup 2020.

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