The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) got a rousing reception in UAE, where it is being presently contested. A lot of the games witnessed jam packed stadiums as stars from across the globe participated in Pakistan’s own T20 bonanza. Nevertheless, there was a sense of resentment among the organizers of the tournament. A few high profile members of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) felt that the tournament could have had more success had it been hosted in Pakistan itself.
Najam Sethi, a senior member of the PCB stated that the board was extremely keen to host the event in Pakistan itself. “The PSL has generated so much interest not only in Pakistan but in other countries as well. It has been a big boost for us.”
Sethi also added that he would take the assistance of ECB President Giles Clarke to help the board in hosting the event in Pakistan. “We are in touch with Giles Clarke, president of the England and Wales Cricket Board, because we feel if we can have the Commonwealth sides play in Pakistan than we can also have some matches of the second edition of PSL in Pakistan as well,” he said.”If that happens it will break the ice for us and we can also have few matches of the PSL in Pakistan next edition.
Sarwar Salman Butt, project director of PSL added, “The league has been a success and they are good chances some of the franchises will go close to the break even after the first edition while some will not. The PCB is also very close to breaking even.”