The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rejected BCCI’s appeal of postponing the Asia Cup. To add to that, Pakistan is likely to go ahead and stage the Pakistan Super League as per plans. BCCI finds itself in hot water due to the uncertain future of the IPL as it has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
On the PSL Governing Council meeting, PCB’s Chairman Ehsan Mani said the main objective is to keep the interest of the game and that of Pakistan’s most popular competition- PSL. On the other hand, the Indian board was looking to seal the November window to conduct the IPL. The World T20 is more or less set to take place next year and in that case the cash-rich event could take place.
“Of course, the future of the PSL is critical to the PCB and the franchisees and, as such, there was a continued commitment to make it a bigger, better and stronger brand. The PCB and the franchisees expressed determination that they will continue to work together to resolve all pending matters and ensure all parties continue to flourish and benefit from what is now one of biggest and most followed cricket leagues in the world,” he said.
Interestingly, the knock-out round of PSL V is yet to take place. Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi have qualified for the next round. However, scenes took an unexpected turn due to the pandemic.
The PCB is working on the long-term growth of the league. PSL is a popular event though its counterpart- IPL is a far more established event and it attracts the best of cricketers. The BCCI is yet to react to this. They have been against the idea of organizing Asia Cup this year as it would be a ‘struggle’ to fit it.