PCB to Shift All PSL 8, 2023 Matches to Karachi due to Financial Dispute

PCB to Shift All PSL 8, 2023 Matches to Karachi due to Financial Dispute


PCB has called a meeting of all Pakistan Super League stakeholders to talk about the upcoming matches in the cities of Punjab i.e. Lahore and Rawalpindi. The aim is to discuss whether or not Karachi should host the PSL 8 matches that currently take place in Punjab. The availability of suitable venues, the security situation in the region and logistical considerations would all be taken into account when this shifting of venues is taken into consideration.

As per official reports, the provincial government has asked PKR 500 million from the Pakistan Cricket Board to provide security and host the fixtures in Lahore and Rawalpindi. The reason for this decision is still unknown. It is worth mentioning that, the Pakistan Cricket Board has already paid PKR 50 million to the interim government for the provision of food. Now, the provincial government has asked for the remaining PKR 450 million for lighting and security for the teams and venues. The PCB will not be required to cover this cost if the matches are moved to Karachi. It could be a major change if it is changed to Sindh province.

If Pakistan Cricket Board decides to go with the already decided plan i.e. to hold matches in Punjab, then it will be ascertained that who will bear the expenses that the Punjab Government has asked for. The PSL 8 is currently being played in Karachi and Multan, but if this shifting of venues happens then, the rest of the matches that were supposed to be held in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi will be held in Karachi. The matches in the affected cities were planned from February 26 to March 19. It includes the Qualifier, Eliminators and most importantly the final. These key matches will be played from 15 March and the final on 19 March.

It is traditional that before taking any major decision, Pakistan Cricket Board seeks input from the franchise owners as they are the most significant stakeholders of the league. They have an equal part in the league’s success as PCB management.

It is most likely that the venues will be shifted to Karachi as it is difficult to pay such a huge amount at the last moment. Comparatively, it is convenient to play at already set venues i.e. in this case Karachi. Let’s see where they decided to play. Betjee-pro will keep our followers updated with any changes.

It is worth mentioning here that a total of 11 matches were to be played in Rawalpindi and 9 in Lahore.


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