PCB and PSL franchises talk about a new window:
On Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) held a teleconference meeting with PSL franchise owners to determine a suitable date for scheduling the remaining fixtures of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six.
The board was represented at the conference by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salman Naseer, and PCB Director Commercial Babar Hameed.
In the conference, Ehsan Mani, according to sources, acted friendly. When other board members attempted to bring up franchise violations in the bio-secure bubble, Mani interrupted them and told them to stick to the meeting’s agenda, which was to find a possible window for the remaining matches.
The meeting addressed a new future window in which the remaining matches could be played in the third week of March. The board is unlikely to pursue this option because the Men in Green are scheduled to tour South Africa for a limited-overs series, which begins on April 2 with an ODI.
Wasim Khan was also opposed to the previously stated alternative. The PCB has agreed to employ a private international company to plan the bio-secure bubble for the league’s remaining matches. Continuing with the March window, however, would not give the company enough time to ensure a bio-secure climate.
In the meantime, PCB’s second choice is to hold the matches after the Indian Premier League (IPL) ends on May 30. Finally, there is no international series scheduled in September, so that is the third alternative.
The board will now present their final decision to franchise owners at their next meeting, which is expected to take place this week on either Friday or Saturday.
Franchisees have expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of contact between the board and the franchisees. Owners believe that they are not consulted until major tournament decisions are made. Mani acknowledged that the board made mistakes and that there is still space for change. He promised that the franchises’ complaints would be resolved.
It was also agreed to hold the remaining matches in a city where the whole hotel could be reserved exclusively for the players, ensuring that the bio-secure bubble will not be breached.