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PSL Owners And PCB In Dispute, Franchises Oppose Overlap With IPL: Reports

Islamabad United won the ninth edition of the PSL under the leadership of Shadab Khan. (X)Islamabad United won the ninth edition of the PSL under the leadership of Shadab Khan. (X)

For some time now, there has been ongoing discussion about shifting Pakistan’s premier domestic T20 tournament, the Pakistan Super League (PSL), from its traditional February slot to April and May following the ICC Men's Champions Trophy 2025. These discussions took place in a meeting between PSL team owners and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to the latest report, the PSL franchise owners are opposed to the idea of the PSL clashing with the IPL. They are not in agreement with the board and have expressed their dissatisfaction.

The proposal for the new window was put forward by the PCB, anticipating the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in February and March next year in Pakistan. By moving the tenth season of the PSL to May, the PCB looks to ensure optimal preparation and scheduling for both domestic and international cricketing events.

Rift between Owners and PCB?

Previously, the PCB had indicated that stakeholders had unanimously agreed to adjust the PSL schedule. However, the latest report contradicts these claims, revealing that the franchise owners are not pleased with the PCB's scheduling proposal.

Established in 2016, the PSL has grown significantly with each passing year. However, if the PSL is scheduled during the same period as the IPL next year, it could result in a big drop in viewership. 

This is because marquee players are likely to choose the IPL over the PSL due to its greater popularity and financial incentives. The PSL franchise owners are wary of taking such a risk.

The next season could serve as a litmus test for the future of the PSL if it coincides with the IPL. While the PCB is willing to experiment with this timing, the franchise owners are not in favour of it.