6 Teams, 34 Matches (10 matches in Pakistan)
hbl psl 2018The preparation for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League has begun according to PCB chief Shaharyar Khan, who also lauded the successful hosting of the second edition of the PSL.
According to a news report, the final of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League will be held in Karachi. On the 1st of June, PCB announced Multan as the sixth team to take part in the competition. On the 6th of June, it was announced that the team would be named Multan Sultans. In an interview with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, he has confirmed the following;
So next year, we will have six teams, 34 matches and 10 matches in Pakistan with 6 taking place in Lahore and the other 4 matches played at Karachi. International players will be paid USD 10,000 per match to play in Pakistan next season. A seventh team would be included in the PSL after two years based out of FATA, Sialkot or Faisalabad. Inshallah!
According to some sources, nine PSL games might be played in Pakistan once the PCB approves the security situation in the country, which includes two double-headers in Karachi and Lahore and the grand final, which could again be played in Lahore (and not Karachi).
While the PSL schedule for the 2018 edition is yet to be released, the PSL chairman informed a local newspaper that two double-headers will be played in Karachi while the other two double-headers will be hosted at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Last season, Sethi had said they were looking to host the final of the PSL in Lahore and despite much uncertainty, they managed to pull off an excellent showing in the final. However, there were many a players who backed out of the competition, leaving the Quetta Gladiators struggling.
What makes it slightly more intriguing is that unlike the previous season, it will be mandatory for overseas players to feature in these games in Pakistan.
Last season, players were given extra money to return to Pakistan but they weren’t forced to play that final. This season, they will still be paid more money but no allowance will be given to players for not playing these games in Pakistan.
In the first two seasons of the PSL, five teams had participated in the competition with each side playing the other twice. A sixth franchise is added to the tournament this season and the total number of games, as a result, is raised to 34 – 30 league games and four playoffs. This sixth team, Multan Sultans, will be allowed to pick up a few players before they enter the PSL Draft. It’s following this draft that the final Pakistan Super League Squads will be announced.
Last year, just one game was played in Pakistan, which was the final of the second edition of PSL that was hosted in Lahore. (Here’s how you can buy PSL tickets for 2018)
For the third season, the buzz is that the PSL final will be held in Karachi / Lahore and with Sethi now indicating that a total of 10 games will be played in Pakistan, it will be interesting to see which city will host the final this year.