Four PSL3 matches apiece in Karachi and Lahore, Najam Sethi

By on May 24, 2017

Four PSL3 matches apiece in Karachi and Lahore, Najam Sethi

Times are good for the Pakistan Super League (PSL). It just finished its second year and managed to build on a debut campaign that has surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations, both on and off the field.

There was the fixing scandal that put it in disrepute, but the PSL proved to be bigger and stronger than that. It, arguably, became the second biggest cricketing league in the world. It gave the nation almost starved of good entertainment something to look forward. Perhaps most importantly, it finally brought cricket to Pakistan — even if it was only for one day.

“This time around we are going to hold eight matches in Pakistan,” revealed PSL head Najam Sethi, while talking to The Express Tribune. “Two double headers will take place in Karachi and two double headers will take place in Lahore.”

The foreign players will be receiving 50% above their usual fee for that match as added incentive, or 100% if they are icon players. “So if a player was getting let’s say $10,000 for that match, then he will be getting $15,000,” added the 69-year-old. “It is just a way to sweeten the deal for them.”

That offer, though, is not for national players, with Sethi pointing to financial restrictions as the reason to not being able to do so. “It cost us quite a bit more to have the final in Lahore last time around, since we had to hire a new production company just for that one match,” he said. “So our expenses will be quite high this time around too since our original production company doesn’t come to Pakistan due to a veto from their board of directors.”