Pakistan Premier League (PSL) could end up colliding with the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2022, as the Pakistan Cricket Board could have problems scheduling for their T20 league. Pakistan hopes to host a historic series at home against Australia in February and March, which is the usual window for a T20 competition.
PSL is usually played between these two months, allowing some of the big-name players to feature in the tournament and entertain the fans. The current FTP for Pakistan was discussed by the previous board management and during the time it was in operation, concerns began to emerge about the league and the impact of its scheduling on Pakistan’s international season.
PSL 2022 may run in the April-May window, conflicting with the release of IPL 2022
The visit to Australia is particularly significant in the board’s efforts to play all domestic cricket in Pakistan as they have not toured since 1998-1999. Coming to PSL, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needs 47 days to host the entire season.
However, if the league were to be staged in the proposed April-May window, the tournament would be against the larger and more popular Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). IPL 2022 will be special because it will feature 10 teams instead of the usual 8 and more players – international and national – are expected to participate in the IPL, which will see more than 70 matches against 60 matches.
Another window is available from December 25 to February 15, but this may hurt the participation of foreign players because those from the first five countries will be busy with patriotic duty. Another reason the PCB is not keen to keep the PSL in this window is the limited availability of places.
Winter leaves Karachi as the only city suitable for playing cricket during those months while Punjab and three other places in Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi experience heavy fog. This resulted in the PCB favoring the March-April window for PSL 2022.
Regardless of this, the board of directors and the six PSL franchises remain cooped up in trying to agree on a financial model for the tournament that will satisfy both sides. Currently, all six teams, although annual rights fees from $1.1 million to $6.35 million, receive an equal share of revenue each season.
ESPNCricinfo reports that the PCB has formed a panel with independent counsel and retired Tassaduq judge Hussain Jillani to resolve the issue. PCB is assigned to hire an independent consultant to assess the value of the brand and the sale of the rights. In the previous cycle, PCB was able to secure a 358% increase in the new broadcast deal.