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PSL Might Share Season with IPL in 2025


The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is gearing up for a major shakeup. The PCB is proposing a series of radical changes, potentially including a head-on clash with the IPL.

A shift to an April-May window is on the table, marking a significant departure from the PSL’s usual December-February slot. This move aims for “co-existence” with the IPL rather than competition. The new window offers advantages – it avoids clashes with other T20 leagues and a crowded international calendar. While May’s heat presents a challenge, it boasts minimal international cricket, making it a viable alternative.

This shift would also offer respite from the logistical nightmare of scheduling the PSL during Ramadan, which would have been the case in the coming years due to the lunar calendar.

Discussions are underway to hold the PSL draft after the IPL auction, ensuring a clearer picture of foreign player availability. Additionally, the PCB’s increased media rights revenue would empower franchises to offer bigger salaries, potentially exceeding USD 300,000 for marquee players.

To further bolster the league’s international appeal, hosting the playoffs in a neutral venue like the UK is being explored.

Franchise approval is vital for implementing these changes. The PCB chairman’s ultimate goal, as outlined during the meeting, is to achieve scheduling certainty and eliminate conflicts with international cricket. Franchise responses later this month will determine the fate of these proposals, potentially ushering in a new era for the PSL.