Former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar has opened up on the poor financial status of the franchises contesting in Pakistan’s Premier T20 league tournament, the Pakistan Super League. Appearing on a television show, Shoaib Akhtar also claimed he didn’t see the PSL taking place for the next 16 to 18 months.
The Pakistan Super League has been put on hold mid-way since a long time now due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. Although major cricketing events are now planning a return back on the field, the PSL is still a tournament that might permanently be ruled out, at least for this year.
The board was also forced to organise some matches in Karachi and Lahore before empty stadiums because of the virus after the league was held completely for the first time in Pakistan since its launch in 2016.
Shoaib Akhtar Sheds Light On The Poor Financial Status Of PSL Clubs
“I know some people wouldn’t like to hear this but some owners are looking to sell their franchisees. I would be more than happy to provide financial and non-monetary support to keep the PSL alive and to thrive,” he said.
“I think if we do the math, the PSL can’t be held before 16 to 18 months. The World Cup will also take probably after eight months because time is needed for the coronavirus issue to settle down,” Shoaib Akhtar added.
I Will Make Sure That The PSL Stays Alive: Shoaib Akhtar
“The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don’t think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers,” Akhtar claimed.
The former fast bowler claimed he will not allow the PSL to die and he will come forward with financial and other support to help save the T20 league.
“I will make sure that the PSL thrives and stays alive and it gets big brands to make progress,” he added.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had to suspend the fifth edition of the PSL in March this year due to the COVID -19 pandemic with the final stage of the event remaining.