In an atmosphere of eager anticipation, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly finalized the selection of host cities for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 9.
Sources familiar with the matter reveal that Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi will serve as key venues, showcasing the cricketing talents of over 450 overseas and local players.
According to the disclosed schedule by the national cricketing body, PSL 9 is set to commence in Lahore on February 19. However, concerns have been raised by franchises regarding the feasibility of cold weather and potential fog affecting team activities.
Peshawar Zalmi is actively advocating for the inclusion of Peshawar as a venue, assuring the PCB that ongoing stadium improvements will be completed within two months. Despite their appeals, the PCB has not yet confirmed the inclusion of Peshawar as a host city.
Another challenge has surfaced concerning the final venue, Karachi, scheduled for March 19. Franchises are apprehensive that the National Stadium’s capacity may not be fully utilized, impacting ticket revenue.
In a display of solidarity, PSL 2021 winners, Multan Sultans, have proposed an alternative by offering to host the final at the Multan Cricket Stadium, expressing confidence in drawing a substantial audience.
The official schedule for PSL 9, set to be revealed on December 13 alongside the PSL 9 Draft, has the cricketing community eagerly awaiting the announcement.
Recently, the PCB disclosed the list of retained players by all six franchises, unveiling surprising exclusions of several prominent names.
The draft witnessed Islamabad’s strategic move of trading their first pick in Platinum with Quetta, acquiring the highly sought-after pacer Naseem Shah along with two players, Abrar Ahmed, and Mohammad Wasim Junior.
Subsequent trades involving Quetta, Multan, and Rilee Russouw unfolded, highlighting the dynamic player shuffle leading up to the grand event.