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PSL 2022: PCB finalises health & safety protocols amid spike in Covid-19 cases

Amid the massive in in Covid-19 infections, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finalised the health and safety protocols for the upcoming seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The board has acknowledged the players and the people assocaited with the tournament in this regard.

The PCB has said that anyone who fails to follow the protocols will face five penalties depending on the nature of the violation, which includes five to 25% and 25% to 50% match fee deductions. As per the PCB, serious violations could lead to elimination from the team and the committee will have the right to impose severe punishment on different cases of violation.

The list of minor violations include several things such as not keeping a distance of six feet, sharing water bottles, kits, towels, and different items, shaking hands before or after the matches, not picking up laundry from the ground or dressing room, using isolation rooms without permission, getting physiotherapy or massages without a mask, getting physiotherapy for more than 15 minutes, etc.

On the other hand, the major violations include: Calling someone in your room apart from the maintenance staff, not wearing a mask where required, ordering something in a room without the permission of the manager of bio-secure bubble, not informing the integrity manager of your symptoms, taking medicines to reduce symptoms or to affect test results, meeting someone who has covid symptoms or is positive for the virus, telling someone else about the cases or symptoms outside the bubble.

Significantly, after the abrupt postponement of the West Indies tour of Pakistan due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases inside the secure bio-bubble, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is extra cautious for the upcoming PSL season.

In December 2021, the Covid-19 outbreak in the West Indies camp had led to the postponement of the ODI series between touring West Indies and hosts Pakistan. The ODI series will now be played in June 2022.

After the development, PCB Chief Operating Office Salman Naseer said that the recent experience has made the board extra cautious for the upcoming seventh edition of the T20 League.

“There will be players coming from different countries, from different flights. So we will have to be extra cautious,” he had told reporters in Karachi.

“We are looking to book the entire hotel during the PSL and disconnect the staff and everyone at the hotel from outside,” he had added.

Notably, the upcoming PSL season will be staged in two phases with the first one to be held in Karachi while the second and last phase will be held in Lahore. Each phase will consist of 15 matches each.

Following an opening ceremony, defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi, which will begin at 7pm PKT.

Later, 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will face 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi on the following day.

Earlier on Wednesday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had approved 25 percent crowd attendance for the Karachi-leg of the PSL 7.

However, the NCOC had barred children under the age of 12 from entering the stadium.

However, to ensure the health and safety of all the players and the attendees, the NCOC had said that spectators’ entry will be subject to strict Covid-19 protocols.

As per the protocols, individuals above the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated, valid vaccination certificates must be shown at the time gaining access to the stadium, wearing of masks inside the venue will be mandatory and violating the NCOC guidelines shall be liable to be evicted out of the stadium.

Meanwhile, the PCB has said that the NCOC will make a decision on the Lahore-leg matches, scheduled in the Gaddafi stadium between 10-27 February, in the coming time.

Ottis Gibson appointed head coach of Yorkshire

Yorkshire County Cricket Club, one of the most successful cricket clubs in the world, on Tueday announced the appointment of former West Indies cricketer Ottis Gibson as its head coach on a three-year contract.

After the development, Gibson will start work from the end of February 2022.

Issuing a statement, the club said that Ottis will report to the interim Managing Director Darren Gough, and will have overall responsibility for the performance and management of the first team.

Gibson will be supported by two assistant coaches, who will be appointed shortly, the club announced.

Notably, Gibson carries a wealth of coaching experience as he had previously performed the role of Head Coach for the West Indies and South Africa, and the bowling coach for England and Bangladesh cricket team.

Gibson, 52, also carries a vast county cricket experience as he representing Durham, Glamorgan and Leicestershire across both red and white ball games.

Significantly, Gibson had made history in 2007 after taking ten wickets in an innings against Hampshire for Durham.

Commenting on the development, Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ottis to the Club. His playing and coaching credentials speak for themselves and he has had a distinguished career performing at the highest level. Ottis’ character and his commitment to buying into the process that we are going through at Yorkshire County Cricket Club shone through in our discussions.”

“He is someone that I know will encourage dialogue and help foster a culture of inclusion at the Club, as well as supporting and developing the world class talent we have here and pushing them to the next level. I look forward to working with Ottis over the coming weeks and months as we continue our rebuild of the Club,” he added.

Meanwhile, an elated Gibson said: “I’m extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club as Head Coach. This is one of the most prestigious roles in English County Cricket, and I am really looking forward to working with this talented group of players to take the club forward.”

“I’ve spoken at length with Goughy about the direction the club is heading in and I’m excited to be a part of that future,” he added.

On the other hand, Darren Gough, Managing Director of Cricket, Yorkshire County Cricket Club: “Ottis becoming Head Coach is an important moment for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and we are very happy that he has become part of the team. Ottis is one of the best coaches in the world and will be a fantastic addition. His knowledge, commitment, experience and cricket know-how will be vital for us as we move into pre-season and get ourselves up and running.”

“We were absolutely blown away by the level of interest and quality of candidates for this role, but I have no doubt that he’s the best person for the job and will pick up the challenge with relish,” Gough further expressed.

After the announcement, Ottis will join the county club once his contract with the Multan Sultans in the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) ends next month.

PCB asks its players in BBL to return home immediately for PSL 7

In a bid to prepare for the upcoming seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), scheduked to begin in Karachi from January 27, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has directed all the national players currently participating in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia to return home immediately.

The PCB has asked its players – Muhammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan – to return back home immediately ahead of the PSL 7.

In a statement, the BBL’s frnachise Brisbane Heat franchise said they were disappointed as their opener, Zaman won’t play in the remaining matches.

“Unfortunately the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed it had rescinded its permission for Fakhar to play our remaining games, along with all Pakistan players currently involved in the BBL, and summoned him to return immediately to prepare for the Pakistan Super League,” Heat said in a statement on Sunday.

“We are disappointed that he won’t be able to play for us and he is disappointed he won’t have the opportunity to get some more games in for us. He asked us to thank the fans for their support and wish the team all the best for the remaining three games,” the statement added.

Notably, Zaman was roped in by the Heat on December 31 last year. He however, featued in just one game in the ongoing BBL season due to Covid-19-related travel restrictions.

On the other hand, Rauf tweeted that he was leaving Melbourne Stars with two matches remaining.

“A great cricketing experience with @starsBBL for #BBL11 comes to an end as I have to go back to fulfil my national http://committment.It was short but a learned & wonderful experience with some thrilling & amazing games of cricket. Always love to be here! All the best #TeamGreen,” Rauf tweeted.

The PCB had recently said that the PSL 7 would be held as per original schedule in two phases at Karachi and Lahore.

As per reports, the Pakistan board has also written to the PSL franchises to ask its Pakistani players to return home for the PSL preparations.

Meanwhile with Pakistan continuing its fight against the fifth Covid-19 wave, authorities and organisers looking over the upcoming PSL 7 had earlier reportedly decided the protocols for the T20 tournament.

As per reports, it will be mandatory for people associated with the league to pass at least three days in quarantine, and players will enter quarantine from January 20. Meanwhile, a 10-day isolation will be mandatory for a person who tests positive for the deadly virus.

Significantly, after the abrupt postponement of the West Indies tour of Pakistan due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases inside the secure bio-bubble, the PCB is extra cautious for the upcoming PSL season.

In December 2021, the Covid-19 outbreak in the West Indies camp had led to the postponement of the ODI series between touring West Indies and hosts Pakistan. The ODI series will now be played in June 2022.

Notably, the upcoming PSL season will be staged in two phases with the first one to be held in Karachi while the second and last phase will be held in Lahore. Each phase will consist of 15 matches each.

Following an opening ceremony, defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi, which will begin at 7pm PKT.

Later, 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will face 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi on the following day.

Friendly encounter between Yorkshire, Lahore Qalandar postponed due to Covid-19

A friendly cricket match between the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Lahore Qalandar which was scheduled for January 16 at the Ghaddafi Stadium in Lahore, has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 challenges globally, it has been announced.

“For the safety and wellness of all players, it has been decided that it is appropriate to reschedule the match to a later date, which will be confirmed in due course,” the statement issued by the club said.

The statement further said that the first step on its search for undiscovered cricketing talent following the recently signed partnership between the two clubs will be held in the upcoming summer.

“In summer 2022, aspiring players over 18-years-old will be invited to demonstrate their cricketing potential during trials across the four regions of North, East, South and West Yorkshire in front of a selection panel led by the interim YCCC Managing Director Darren Gough, alongside representatives from the Qalandars coaching team.”

The club however, said that the schedule for the trials are currently being finalised and will be announced soon.

As per the details, the most talented players will be divided into four teams to play in a final and the best two females and best two male cricketers will be chosen for scholarships with Yorkshire County Cricket Club, including the opportunity to travel to Lahore and train at the Qalandars’ elite high-performance centre, as well as a full kit bag provided for all the winners to keep.

Earlier in December 2021, the YCCC and the Qalandars had signed a partnership which will witness a player exchange programme with an aim to enable international players to learn from each other.

After the signing, the county club had said that it wants to “learn from and emulate Lahore Qalandars’ Players Development Program (PDP)” which looks to scout and upskill players from across Pakistan.

The deal was also aimed for scholarships for young, aspiring players from Yorkshire who will be travelling, training, and playing in Lahore, including access to the Qalandars’ first-class facilities, as well as opportunities for young people from Pakistan to come to Yorkshire.

Commenting on the partnership, Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, had said: “The work the Lahore Qalandars do both on and off the pitch is remarkable and can serve as a benchmark for clubs around the world – ours included – for how best to spot, foster and support talent at all levels in the game of cricket.”

“The Players Development Program is an incredible achievement – breaking the mould for how teams can be created within our sport, and demonstrating that through offering access and support, great cricketing talent can be found from all backgrounds,” he added.

On the other hand, Sameen Rana, Chief Operating Officer, Lahore Qalandars had expressed: “We are incredibly proud of our Players Development Program and our wider team in Lahore. The Program has had an immensely positive impact on both our club and those involved. We are looking forward to working with Darren, Lord Patel and the team as they look to create an inclusive and welcoming culture for all at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”

Notably, the Qalandars have a similar partnership with Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Stars.

PCB finalises protocols for PSL 7 amid Covid wave

With Pakistan continuing its fight against the fifth Covid-19 wave, authorities and organisers looking over the upcoming seventh season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have reportedly decided the protocols for the T20 tournament, scheduled to begin from January 27 in Karachi.

As per reports, it will be mandatory for people associated with the league to pass at least three days in quarantine, and players will enter quarantine from January 20. Meanwhile, a 10-day isolation will be mandatory for a person who tests positive for the deadly virus.

Reports also suggested that the families of the players will not be allowed to stay with them during the upcoming season.

On the other hand, availability of a minimum of 13 players will be essential to conduct of a match and an affair might be suspended in case less than 13 players are available.

Moreover, the PSL 7 will be suspended for a period of seven days if Covid-19 infections break out during the season and the event will be rescheduled.

Significantly, after the abrupt postponement of the West Indies tour of Pakistan due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases inside the secure bio-bubble, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is extra cautious for the upcoming PSL season.

In December 2021, the Covid-19 outbreak in the West Indies camp had led to the postponement of the ODI series between touring West Indies and hosts Pakistan. The ODI series will now be played in June 2022.

After the development, PCB Chief Operating Office Salman Naseer said that the recent experience has made the board extra cautious for the upcoming seventh edition of the T20 League.

“There will be players coming from different countries, from different flights. So we will have to be extra cautious,” he had told reporters in Karachi.

“We are looking to book the entire hotel during the PSL and disconnect the staff and everyone at the hotel from outside,” he had added.

Naseer meanwhile, also stressed that there was no breach of the biosecure bubble and opined that the touring party might have contracted the virus somewhere while flying to Pakistan.

Notably, the upcoming PSL season will be staged in two phases with the first one to be held in Karachi while the second and last phase will be held in Lahore. Each phase will consist of 15 matches each.

Following an opening ceremony, defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi, which will begin at 7pm PKT.

Later, 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will face 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi on the following day.

PSL TV broadcast rights witnesses rise of 50 percent

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to sign a two-year Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) broadcast deal worth USD 24 million with local sports channels A Sports and PTV Sports.

Issuing a statement, the PCB said: “Cricket fans in Pakistan will be able to watch the seventh and eighth editions of the HBL Pakistan Super League on A Sports and PTV Sports after a consortium of ARY and PTV submitted the highest bid, pursuant to a public tender process, for a TV broadcast deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.”

“The consortium of ARY and PTV submitted the highest bid, which is an increase of 50 per cent increase from the last cycle,” it added.

The previous deal was worth USD 36 million but its period was for three years and included the international rights as well.

On the other hand, for the upcoming two-year cycle, the international broadcast rights for the PSL were sold separately and the rise of 50 percent is also because of a weakening rupee against the dollar.

On the other hand, the PCB claimed that that the bid witnessed such a whopping increase was because of the broadcasters’ interest in showcasing the Pakistan cricket stars, who have enjoyed a terrific run in international cricket recently, and the Pakistan Cricket Board’s efforts to galvanise the sport’s fan base.

It further supported it statement by saying that the Babar Azam’s side has won 12 of their last 13 completed T20Is to finish 2021 with record 20 wins in the short format, the most for any international side.

Commenting on the development, PCB Acting CEO Salman Naseer said: “The extraordinary interest and increase in the TV broadcast rights of the HBL Pakistan Super League underscores how popular the tournament has become despite being launched just six years ago.”

“I want to thank the consortium of ARY and PTV for valuing the biggest product of Pakistan cricket, which has become a source of inspiration for thousands of young children to take up the sport,” he added.

On the other hand, ARY Group CEO Salman Iqbal said: “I am overjoyed to have bid the highest amount for HBL Pakistan Super League TV broadcast rights for the next two seasons. I have always supported Pakistan and Pakistan’s cricket. It is an honour for me to have exceeded the reserve price for the broadcast rights and a source of joy to know this significant amount will go toward the growth of Pakistan cricket.”

PTV Managing Director Amir Manzoor said: “PTV has always supported Pakistan cricket and I am proud to announce that we will once again be a part of broadcasting and promoting Pakistan’s own league, the HBL Pakistan Super League.”

This development comes following the PCB’s efforts to broadcast its marquee event around the globe.

Earlier, the PCB had joined hands with Willow TV (North America), Flow Sports (Caribbean), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and Super Sport (Africa) to broadcast its international home season and HBL Pakistan Super League from 2021 till 2023.

Yorkshire, PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars enters into partnership

Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) on Wednesday announced to sign a partnership with Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars, which will include a player exchange programme to enable international players to learn from each other.

As part of the deal, Pakistan’s Haris Rauf will be now joining Yorkshire as an overseas player.

The county said that it wants to “learn from and emulate Lahore Qalandars’ Players Development Program (PDP)” which looks to scout and upskill players from across Pakistan.

The deal will also see scholarships for young, aspiring players from Yorkshire who will be travelling, training, and playing in Lahore, including access to the Qalandars’ first-class facilities, as well as opportunities for young people from Pakistan to come to Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, the two sides also announced to play a friendly game on January 16, 2022 in Lahore at the Ghaddafi Stadium which will serve as an opportunity for Yorkshire players to meet their Qalandars counterparts, and to lay the foundations for future years of knowledge sharing between the two clubs.

Commenting on the partnership, Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “The work the Lahore Qalandars do both on and off the pitch is remarkable and can serve as a benchmark for clubs around the world – ours included – for how best to spot, foster and support talent at all levels in the game of cricket.”

“The Players Development Program is an incredible achievement – breaking the mould for how teams can be created within our sport, and demonstrating that through offering access and support, great cricketing talent can be found from all backgrounds,” he added.

Meanwhile, Darren Gough, interim Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket said: “I am thrilled to welcome the exceptionally talented Haris Rauf to our club. I am also excited by the opportunity to learn from the inspirational Players Development Program. I have spoken in the past about my passion for developing accessible pathways to cricket – for many people from a background like mine, cricket isn’t seen as an option, with the associated costs and access to facilities creating real barriers to entry.”

“This partnership is an opportunity to take the blueprint the Qalandars has developed to such a success and work with them to define how that can be used to provide access for potential players from across Yorkshire,” he added.

On the other hand, Sameen Rana, Chief Operating Officer, Lahore Qalandars expressed: “We are incredibly proud of our Players Development Program and our wider team in Lahore. The Program has had an immensely positive impact on both our club and those involved. We are looking forward to working with Darren, Lord Patel and the team as they look to create an inclusive and welcoming culture for all at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”

Notably, the Qalandars have a similar partnership with Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Stars.

PSL 7 from Jan 27, 2022 in Karachi; Player’s Draft on Dec 12

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) marquee event, the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 will begin from January 27 in Karachi, which will be the seventh edition of the T20 league, the board has announced.

On the other hand, the PSL Draft for the seventh season will be held at the High Performance Centre in Lahore on December 12, the PCB announced in a statement.

The upcoming season will be staged in two phases with the first one to be held in Karachi while the second and last phase will be held in Lahore. Each phase will consist of 15 matches each.

Following an opening ceremony, defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi, which will begin at 7pm PKT.

Later, 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will face 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi on the following day.

Issuing a statement, the PCB said: “In first of the six double-headers to be played in the 32-day and 34-match tournament, Multan Sultans will take on 2020 runners-up Lahore Qalandars at 2pm PKT, which will be followed by the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators’ fixture that will begin at 7pm PKT on Saturday.”

“Two-time champions Islamabad will be in action on Sunday afternoon when they will lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi, with the evening match to be played between arch-rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars. After Karachi, which will host 15 matches from 27 January to 7 February, action will shift to the Gaddafi Stadium where the remaining 15 league matches and the four play-offs will be played from 10-27 February,” it added.

The PCB further announced that final will be held in Lahore.

“The PCB has designed the 2022 tournament in such a way that each side will play equal number of matches in Karachi and Lahore, as well as games under natural and artificial lights,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the board also announced that the HBL PSL Draft 2022 will be held at the High Performance Centre in Lahore on Sunday, 12 December, with the event to kick-off at 3pm.

“Each side will come to the draft with a maximum of eight player retentions from the last event. Following the finalisation of player categories, the transfer and retention window is now officially open and will close on 10 December,” it said in a statement.

“In the Platinum Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick, followed by Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Diamond Category, followed by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Gold Category, Peshawar Zalmi will have the first pick in the Silver Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in Emerging Category and Quetta Gladiators will have the first pick in Supplementary Category,” it added.

Commenting on the upcoming season, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I am delighted that the HBL PSL 7 schedule has been announced. This will now get the ball rolling with the teams to start planning and finalising their line-ups and the PCB increasing the pace of the operational delivery to ensure they provide quality playing facilities for the players as well as five-star experience to the fans and our valued commercial partners.”

“The HBL PSL 7 will also kick start what will be a bumper year for Pakistan cricket with the Australia men’s cricket team to play a full series in March-April with England men’s cricket side to tour Pakistan twice for white-ball and red ball cricket,” he added.

Schedule for PSL 7

{Matches from January 27 to February 7 will be played in Karachi; matches from Feb 10-27 to be played in Lahore)

27 Jan – Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans

28 Jan – Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi

29 Jan – Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars; Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators

30 Jan – Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United; Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars

31 Jan – Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans

1 Feb – Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans

2 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars

3 Feb – Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United

4 Feb – Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi

5 Feb – Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars; Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans

6 Feb – Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United

7 Feb – Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars

10 Feb – Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi

11 Feb – Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans

12 Feb – Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators

13 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings; Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators

14 Feb – Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings

15 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators

16 Feb – Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings

17 Feb – Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi

18 Feb – Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators; Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings

19 Feb – Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United

20 Feb – Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings; Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United

21 Feb – Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi

23 Feb – Qualifier (1 vs 2)

24 Feb – Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4)

25 Feb – Eliminator 2 (Loser Qualifier 1 vs Winner Eliminator 1)

27 Feb – (Qualifier v Eliminator 2) Final

HBL reacquires title sponsorship of Pakistan Super League till 2025

In a major boost for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), HBL has announced to reacquire the title sponsorship of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) pinnacle tournament for another four-year cycle (2022-2025).

Meanwhile, HBL also announced to exceed the reserve price in reacquiring the rights but sealed it with a 55 per cent jump from last cycle, which speaks volumes of their belief in the PSL brand.

HBL earned title sponsorship rights following a public tender process in which seven interested parties had collected the bid documents.

Commmenting on the development, newly appointed PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I am delighted that the HBL have further strengthened their bond and relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board by committing to support the Pakistan Super League for another four years. Reality is that HBL, in fact, have been investing in the future stars of Pakistan cricket through PSL for which we are eternally grateful.”

“Their decision to continue the partnership is also a validation and endorsement of the brand and product the HBL PSL has become, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board staff and our valued franchises. Both the PCB and franchises, with the patronage of HBL, have worked tirelessly to make the league glamorous, entertaining and exciting for the fans as well as the shortest format specialists who are keen to feature in it,” he added.

On the other hand, HBL Chief Operating Officer Sagheer Mufti said: “HBL is pleased to renew its commitment to Pakistan’s largest sporting platform, Pakistan Super League (PSL) for a further four years. This will mark HBL’s support for this national initiative for 10 years, since its inception in 2016. HBL remains committed to playing its part in promoting Pakistan and cricket.”

Similarly, HBL Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Ali Habib expressed: “HBL is all about ‘enabling dreams’ and this synchronizes perfectly with PSL’s philosophy to provide an enabling platform to the young, emerging cricketers of the country.”

“HBL wishes PCB all the success in staging this mega sporting platform that provides fans the world over the opportunity to enjoy the best that cricket has to offer,” he added.

HBL, is a Pakistani multinational bank based in Habib Bank Plaza, Karachi, Pakistan.

Founded in 1940 by the Habib Family, Habib Bank Limited, abbreviated as HBL, became Pakistan’s first commercial bank and in 1951 it opened its first international branch in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

PSL’s initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL for three years in December 2015 and was later renewed.

The domestic T20 league features six teams from as many cities of Pakistan. The league was founded on September 2015 with five teams by the PCB.

PSL franchises accept new financial model offered by PCB

The six Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have accepted the new financial model offered by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the board announced on Monday.

The new financial model was presented before the PSL franchises during last month’s Governing Council meeting in Lahore.

Some of the salient terms of the offer, which the six franchises have accepted are Covid-19 relief for HBL PSL 5 and 6, upward revision of Central Pool of Revenue in favour of the franchises for HBL PSL 7–20 and locking of dollar rate with prospective effect.

Commenting on the development, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who welcomed the resolution, said: “The longstanding matters between the PCB and the franchises were causing distraction and affecting the reputation of the brand. I am delighted that all matters have finally been resolved, which is a big step forward in building stronger relationship with the franchise owners as we look forward to working with them to take the HBL PSL to greater and unprecedented heights.”

On the other hand, the franchise owners, in a joint statement, said: “HBL PSL is very close to our hearts. Since 2016, we all have worked very hard to bring it to where it is today. The acceptance of the PCB offer is an indication of our commitment and resolve to making the HBL PSL a bigger and better league that is participated by the best players, commercially supported by the elite companies and watched live by the passionate cricket fans in Pakistan as well as globally.”

During a PSL Governing Council meeting towards the end of September, Raja had proposed the new model before the franchises, which had offered relaxation in payments to all six franchises as part of the Covid-19 relief for the fifth and sixth editions of the PSL.

Moreover, it had also offered an increased share from the Central Pool of Revenue (CRP) from PSL 7 to 20 and a fixation of the dollar rate in local currency to end the uncertainty surrounding annual payments.

In the statement, the PCB said that the new profit-sharing model was part of its commitment and resolve to assist and support the franchises in order they can keep continue in playing their crucial role in the growth and development Pakistan cricket.

Significantly on September 24, the PCB chairman had chaired the HBL PSL Governing Council meeting where he had highlighted and appreciated the franchisees’ contribution in the growth, development and promotion of Pakistan cricket.

He had assured the team owners that he remained committed to upscaling, enhancing and strengthening the HBL PSL brand.

Raja had also assured the franchise owners that he understood the challenges they faced and promised to work with them for the betterment of the league and cricket in Pakistan.

Significantly, the current profit-sharing model has been a major cause of disagreement between the PCB and PSL franchises for four years and the newly offerd model is directed towards ending the deadlock.

Under the new proposed model, the PCB will keep 20 percent of the profit and hand the remaining amount among the franchises, who were happy with it until Multan Sultans were added into the pool in 2018 as the addition of a new team meant a reduction in the amount they were getting before.

As a result, the franchises demanded for a bigger chunk of the revenue from the board.

An another issue was the depreciation of the Pakistani rupee regularly due to which the franchises wanted the US dollar rate to be fixed in local currency to offset the losses as they have to pay their foreign players in dollars.

All these issues were raised before former PCB chairman Najam Sethi however, he wasn’t able to address the issue.

Later, the issue wa again put up before Sethi’s successor Ehsan Mani, who too, failed in resolving the matter.