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Pakistan to host eight PSL matches next year

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Eight matches of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) 2019 edition will be played in the country, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided after its meeting with all stakeholders.

A press release issued by the tournament’s management said, “All franchises expressed full confidence in PCB’s attempts to bring more PSL matches to Pakistan. It was decided that at least eight matches will be held in Pakistan next year.”

The decision was taken during a meeting between the officials of the board and PSL franchises in Lahore on Tuesday.

Earlier, it was reported that the board was looking to host the PSL entirely in Pakistan. The idea was considered due to an increase in number of T20 leagues being hosted in the United Arab Emirates. However, the meeting decided against it.

The officials also discussed the delay in payments by the league franchises.

Pakistan hosted the final of PSL 2017 in Lahore and two eliminators of PSL 2018 were held in Lahore and the final was played in Karachi.

Moreover, the governing council expressed its concerns over a newly announced T20 league taking place in the UAE. It was decided that PCB will not allow any contracted players to take part in any T20 league taking place in the UAE other than PSL.

An increase in the salary cap of PSL squads was discussed in detail and approved in principle.

The meeting was informed that five franchises have cleared all dues. A firm commitment was made by the sixth franchise that all remaining dues shall be cleared shortly.

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