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    "Pakistan is not ready to add more teams in the PSL" : Salman Iqbal

    The CEO and president of Pakistan's successful ARY Digital Network, Salman Iqbal also decided to venture into the world of Twenty20 league cricket when he purchased ownership rights for the Karachi Kings franchise of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2015.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Salman explains the rationale behind his decision to acquire Karachi Kings, why despite media reports there is a cordial relationship between the PSL franchises and PCB, the reasons behind Head Coach Mickey Arthur's departure and what new Head Coach Dean Jones brings to the table, the choice of Imad Wasim as Kings’ captain despite the presence of Babar Azam and his plans of eventually investing in The Hundred competition in England.





    PakPassion.net: It's been five years since you purchased Karachi Kings. How do you feel it's gone for you?

    Salman Iqbal:
    The decision to take on Karachi Kings and support the PSL has been an excellent decision not just for us but for the sake of cricket in Pakistan as well. Quite a few players who are now part of the Pakistan side today owe their career progress to what they have achieved via the PSL route. From a personal point of view, there are a few success stories that I am proud of and a good example of that is Babar Azam who started playing for Islamabad United in 2016 and showed a lot of promise, and then I picked him up for Karachi Kings in 2017 and he remains with us until now. And today, not only is he one of the world’s top-class batsmen with comparisons being made with the very best, but he is also the captain of both the T20I and ODI sides which is a testament to what this tournament has done for Pakistan and also the role that Karachi Kings have played in the improvement and well-being of the game in Pakistan.


    PakPassion.net: The ARY Media Group bought Karachi Kings for US$26 million for a ten-year period making it the most expensive PSL franchise (at the time), do you think it's been a good acquisition?

    Salman Iqbal:
    I will be totally honest here and say that the decision to purchase the Karachi Kings franchise was a decision that came from the heart and wasn’t really based on some deep financial assessment of the business at that point. The fact was that PSL was a new venture at a time where cricket in Pakistan was in very dire straits with not a single top-quality game was being played in Pakistan. You can only talk about the financial aspects of a purchase such as this when there are metrics you can depend upon such as gate monies or where you have an expectation of attracting sponsors for such an event. In our case with the PSL in 2016, we had little or no knowledge of what to expect in terms of returns from this tournament.

    This was similar to having a new-born with just a promise of the future and not much else, and we were tasked to bring him up and nurture him to become a competent young man. I can confidently say today that the PSL as a product has grown by leaps and bounds and can be considered as one of the top T20 Leagues in the world for which we are thankful to the Almighty. Of course, I will be the first to accept that that first 2 years of our association with PSL were a burden on us in financial terms, but we started to see some better results from the 3rd year and I am glad to say that this year was a turning out to be a great one but unfortunately the crisis brought upon the Coronavirus Pandemic put a halt to the proceedings. All in all, it was the 3rd year of PSL which started to show us that Karachi Kings was a great investment in financial terms but given the hype which was created by the tournament in the first year, we always knew that better times were ahead for all of us.


    PakPassion.net: At times, the media reports that the relationship between PSL franchises and PCB is a strained one, can you elaborate on this?

    Salman Iqbal:
    Let me put it this way; it’s a natural thing at times when owners of franchises are sitting together in a board meeting, there can be some difference of opinion which can lead to arguments. But in such scenarios, these are not serious issues as the main decisions are taken after everyone’s point of view has been considered. It appears that the media picks up on the discussions during the initial phase and they are reported as serious differences of opinions. The fact is that we live in a democratic society and we all have our opinions and of course there won't be 100% agreement amongst all parties, on all issues. So, for example, this year the scheduling of the PSL games became an issue and both Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings had grave reservations about it but the matter was resolved and such disagreements do happen when we talk about a massive event like the PSL. In fact, Mr. Ehsan Mani himself stated that hosting the PSL in Pakistan was a bigger challenge than the World Cup in 1996 if we consider the magnitude of the events so one can draw their own conclusion about the effort needed to make PSL a success which it has been.


    PakPassion.net: Whilst participating in the PSL was more of a leap of faith for you, are you still disappointed that this has not been as lucrative a venture as you probably thought it would be?

    Salman Iqbal:
    There is no doubt that taking on Karachi Kings was a leap of faith, but then if you look at my investment history, this is pretty much in line with how I have taken my business decisions in the past and the driving force for me is my strong belief in The Almighty. When we started the ARY TV channel in 2004, there was no other channel in Pakistan apart from PTV and my critics were deriding me for that decision. They felt that this was madness and that no one would watch another TV channel, especially at a time when Indian TV channels such as Sony and Zee were ruling the roost in Pakistan. We heard similar sentiments about us when we branched out into the film industry in Pakistan. but we proved them wrong too.

    Coming back to the topic of PSL, the decision to take on a franchise was based on the fact that sports after TV is the most-watched event in the world and so the tournament was expected to do well, and it seems that we weren’t wrong in our assessment. As far as financial returns are concerned, the fact is that all businesses have to take some sort of risk at the beginning and it does take time for any venture to reach its true potential. In our case, the fact that our franchise, Karachi Kings, had a TV station backing it made it much easier to make Karachi Kings gain in popularity quicker than other franchises. What also helped us was that Karachi being the largest and most commercialized city in Pakistan, never had something so big to call their own. But when they got this opportunity, they immediately adopted it as their own and made it probably the most well-loved side in the whole country.


    PakPassion.net: How important was it to get the PSL entirely back to Pakistan?

    Salman Iqbal:
    Bringing the PSL in its entirety to Pakistan was a challenge that we were facing for a very long time and to see it happen this year was an absolute pleasure for all of us. It was organized in the best possible manner by the PCB for which they deserve immense credit. As do our Armed Forces and the security personnel who have made this happen in a way that there were hardly any problems faced by the franchises at all. To be honest, we didn’t feel things would go so smoothly but the love of the game from our security services and all concerned was such that they helped in organizing the tournament to perfection.


    PakPassion.net: What was the experience of playing PSL games in Pakistan?

    Salman Iqbal:
    We played part of last year’s PSL in UAE and whilst we had a lot of people attending games in Sharjah, it was clear that the crowd there were supporting Pakistan cricket as a whole, rather than a particular side. But when we walked on to the National Stadium in Karachi for our first home game which was against Quetta Gladiators, we felt the true power of home support. The noise in the ground that day was such that we couldn’t hear each other speak on the ground. It is at that time that I fully understood what it meant to have a home ground advantage. The atmosphere was truly incredible and all our foreign players who had also played in other parts of the world were of the same opinion that the feeling of playing in such an atmosphere was something even they hadn’t felt before.


    PakPassion.net: Despite having some big-name players over the years, Karachi Kings are yet to reach a final of the PSL, has that been disappointing for you?

    Salman Iqbal:
    Looking at the current season which still hasn’t officially ended, I am pretty satisfied that we have done really well to reach the second position in terms of points behind Multan Sultans. In our history of participation in this tournament, this is the first time we have reached such a high position. Having said that, we must also acknowledge that we have played at the knockout stages in the past as well, so I feel we have done well in PSL in each season. This year, I was very confident that we would reach the final and that may well be the case if the tournament is restarted again by the PCB. However, by the looks of how the COVID-19 situation is progressing, this somehow looks unlikely.


    PakPassion.net: Do you think six teams is just the right number for the PSL, or should the tournament look to further expand the roster to match the size of other leagues such as the IPL?

    Salman Iqbal:
    If we look at the IPL, they have eight teams and the total tournament takes around 50 days which is somewhat long. In my view though, Pakistan is not ready to add more teams in the PSL and I say that not just because of the long length of the tournament but also due to the fact that our market lacks the financial maturity to handle this scenario. If six teams are finding it so hard to survive in financial terms at the moment, then the problems will only compound if more teams are added to the mix. And I don’t think we can blindly follow the IPL model as in their case, a lion’s share of revenue is given to the team on whose home ground the game is being played on, whereas in the PSL all teams equally share the proceeds for every game. So, for the moment, in my view, six teams should suffice in PSL until a better mechanism of sharing revenues is found for all concerned.


    PakPassion.net: What was the thinking behind removing Mickey Arthur as coach?

    Salman Iqbal:
    To start with, Mickey Arthur was not removed from his position but his contract which was for four years came to an end. When the contract expired, we opted for a change and Mickey left us on good terms and we really appreciated the work he had done for us. Change is an important part of the evolution of any organization and in this regard, we felt that Dean Jones who had left Islamabad United at that point was the perfect choice for us and we took that opportunity with both hands.


    PakPassion.net: What has Dean Jones brought to the table at Karachi Kings as Head Coach?

    Salman Iqbal:
    Dean Jones had an amazing reputation as a top-notch coach who had won 2 PSL titles with Islamabad United in 2016 and 2018. So, when the opportunity presented itself, we took him on immediately as we felt that he was in a unique position as a foreign coach whose knowledge of the abilities of Pakistani players was as good anyone else, and he hasn’t disappointed in his debut season with us.


    PakPassion.net: Why is Babar Azam not Karachi Kings’ captain, given that he is leading the national T20I and ODI sides?

    Salman Iqbal:
    There is no doubt in our minds that Babar Azam is an excellent player who continues to excel for the national side, and we have had him on our team for almost 4 years now where he has put in some excellent performances for our side and is now our vice-captain too. The fact is that in terms of captaincy for Karachi Kings, we were in dire need of continuity and that is why we chose to stay with Imad Wasim as captain of the side. For the first 3 years, we were changing captains at the rate at which a batsman changes his gloves! We had Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakkara with Mohammad Amir even captaining the side at one point. So, the need was for some form of continuity in this respect and we decided to stick and stay with Imad Wasim as captain. We even mentioned this to Babar, and he agreed that this was the right way to move forward.


    PakPassion.net: Do you feel that PSL has the potential to go on and become an even better product?

    Salman Iqbal:
    There is no doubt in my mind that PSL is by far the largest and most well-known product that Pakistan has to offer to its own people and the world. And to me, we are yet to see the true potential of this product and we are all convinced that it can go beyond its position as the second-best league behind the IPL.


    PakPassion.net: What changes are necessary for the PSL to improve itself in future editions?

    Salman Iqbal:
    I feel that the PCB is doing a great job in running the PSL but what I would like to see is more involvement of the franchises in decision making for this league. In addition, in line with Ehsan Mani’s wishes that the PSL should have ‘home and away’ games, I would like to see franchises adopting stadiums as their home grounds. So, Karachi Kings should ideally adopt the National Stadium as their own and so on, but this can only happen once Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi can do the same. If this change can be brought in the future, then PSL’s rise to the very best will only be a matter of time.


    PakPassion.net: Would you be interested in buying an overseas franchise, such as one in The Hundred, in future?

    Salman Iqbal:
    Let me say that I would love to take a stake in a team if it becomes the case that The Hundred allows franchise ownership in the same way as in the IPL or PSL. To me, The Hundred is the next big thing, a great option to have in terms of franchise ownership. In the past, there was a time when I was really interested in purchasing a franchise in the CPL and had almost signed a contract but the timing of games in the Caribbean was a huge issue for us. In terms of TV viewership in cricket viewing parts of the world, the timezone was a problem and we, therefore, decided to leave that opportunity. But England is something special as it’s the home of cricket and the timings of games for most viewers around the world would be ideal. I will be very interested in the ownership of a team in The Hundred but at the moment, I do not believe that option is open for overseas buyers.


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    He is right on the number of teams. You can't add more teams unless and until the PCB gets a much better Broad cast and Title sponsorship deals and the present existing teams are doing better financially. These 6 teams were the ones who took the risk when no one was willing to invest in the PSL, they deserve to reap the benefits of first mover advantage.

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    Isl United got rid of Babar Azam know that must be one of the worst decisions in PSL history in terms of trades

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboii View Post
    Isl United got rid of Babar Azam know that must be one of the worst decisions in PSL history in terms of trades
    They ended up being the most successful team in the tournament. KK has yet to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    They ended up being the most successful team in the tournament. KK has yet to win.
    They let go of "Babar Azam" he scores 50s for fun in t20s if they can go back they would have changed the decision no doubt

    If someone traded Jordan that would be a stupid decision no doubt no amount of winning can make it right

    KK not winning is due to other reasons definitely not because of Babar

    Performance is always the key

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    I think the aim should be to have 8 teams. I would urge the franchises to adopt domestic teams for the betterment of PK cricket. To improve the quality of cricket both the quality of batsman and spinners needs to be improved.

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    Nice interview.

    Whilst i did want Babar as KK's captain, i do understand the need for continuity and it does make sense.

    Financially, the PSL should be delivering from now on and Salman and the other owners patience will be rewarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboii View Post
    They let go of "Babar Azam" he scores 50s for fun in t20s if they can go back they would have changed the decision no doubt

    If someone traded Jordan that would be a stupid decision no doubt no amount of winning can make it right

    KK not winning is due to other reasons definitely not because of Babar

    Performance is always the key
    Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Who knows, they might not have won if Babar was in the team. So they will be happy with their decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Who knows, they might not have won if Babar was in the team. So they will be happy with their decisions.
    There is no amount of convincing that'll make me be like it was a right decision to trade a possible GOAT batsman in a tournament where the standards of batting are below par at best
    Stupid decision they were not interested in grooming a batting talent

    Babar is playing in a team sport what's happening around him in team also matters when it comes to winning championships so KK not winning has nothing to do with Babar
    He was making runs check
    At a good strike rate check
    Was a clean cricketer check
    Basically everything a team needs but Islu didn't have the patience to work with him and this overreliance on TTFs worked in UAE but know in Pak it's hurting em so it was a bad decision

    Why would they not take him if they knew how he would turn out? It's beyond me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    He is right on the number of teams. You can't add more teams unless and until the PCB gets a much better Broad cast and Title sponsorship deals and the present existing teams are doing better financially. These 6 teams were the ones who took the risk when no one was willing to invest in the PSL, they deserve to reap the benefits of first mover advantage.
    Yes, very frank and candid answer to this question - think its clear that PSL franchises not in favour of more teams for the revenue reason.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboii View Post
    There is no amount of convincing that'll make me be like it was a right decision to trade a possible GOAT batsman in a tournament where the standards of batting are below par at best
    Stupid decision they were not interested in grooming a batting talent

    Babar is playing in a team sport what's happening around him in team also matters when it comes to winning championships so KK not winning has nothing to do with Babar
    He was making runs check
    At a good strike rate check
    Was a clean cricketer check
    Basically everything a team needs but Islu didn't have the patience to work with him and this overreliance on TTFs worked in UAE but know in Pak it's hurting em so it was a bad decision

    Why would they not take him if they knew how he would turn out? It's beyond me
    KK and Pakistan national team are very heavily reliant on other batsmen to bat around Babar. His good strike rate is actually just a decent strike rate.

    He’s improving this now. But for the last 2 years, Islamabad has had a much more explosive top order than Karachi and this is essential when it comes to winning a tournament.

    If Sharjeel and Hales don’t fire but Babar does, KK has already lost the match.

    Babar’s SR is gradually improving. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan. But I think for now he is more suited to ODI than T20. His knocks in the last 2 years are just not as high impact as I would like them to be. He cannot single handedly win you too many matches and play a Rilee Roussow or Ben Dunk type knock. Or even Kamran Akmal. Note I am not comparing consistency, just impact innings.

    Islamabad may have lost a consistent T20 batsman, but they did not lose a high impact T20 batsman (at least in the last 2 years).

    This may change going forward since Babar showed noticeable improvement in the 2020 season and hopefully even more moving forward. So IU might regret the decision 5 years from now.

    But as of today they will be happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    He is right on the number of teams. You can't add more teams unless and until the PCB gets a much better Broad cast and Title sponsorship deals and the present existing teams are doing better financially. These 6 teams were the ones who took the risk when no one was willing to invest in the PSL, they deserve to reap the benefits of first mover advantage.
    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Yes, very frank and candid answer to this question - think its clear that PSL franchises not in favour of more teams for the revenue reason.
    I understand where he is coming from but at the same time I think new teams add onto the market value to the league as well and now with PSL in Pakistan a 7th team would mean 12 more matches which will also increase the ticket revenue overall.

    I think Faisalabad (Pop 3.2 mln) Hyderabad (Around 1.8 mln pop) will add quite a lot to the market value of PSL as a whole and that would mean better sponsorship deals and broadcasting rights and possibly more revenue for everyone.

    Thats another point of view to look at things. As per what he is saying a new team is always gonna reduce revenues for others but I think its not as straightforward as a new team also brings in its own following and add to the brand value. So other franchises share might reduce but overall cake could be bigger which will be beneficial for all.
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    One of the more sensible PSL owners and someone who isn't desperate for the limelight or to see himself on the tv screen every few minutes.

    He's made some interesting changes at KK but the truth has to be that he will be disappointed that in 5 editions, KK have no wins.

    I agree about 6 teams for now.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    One of the more sensible PSL owners and someone who isn't desperate for the limelight or to see himself on the tv screen every few minutes.

    He's made some interesting changes at KK but the truth has to be that he will be disappointed that in 5 editions, KK have no wins.

    I agree about 6 teams for now.
    WoW, this is a news to me, surely this has to be a sarcastic comment.

    Agree with the rest, pretty good interview. I would also be skeptical about having more PSL teams in near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentDevil View Post
    WoW, this is a news to me, surely this has to be a sarcastic comment.

    Agree with the rest, pretty good interview. I would also be skeptical about having more PSL teams in near future.
    Not sarcastic at all, if you compare him to some of the other owners.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Not sarcastic at all, if you compare him to some of the other owners.
    Javed Afridi takes the cake when it comes owners who only seem to care about limelight and TV space for themselves, after him Salman Iqbal comes a close second, all KK social media platforms are posting about him and ARY businesses during the PSL nonstop. They seem to care more about ARY stuff than the team itself.

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    It's all gone quiet regarding completing PSL5.

    Interestingly a few whispers that people haven't been paid what they were owed.



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    I think PSL should have 2 more teams to make it more interesting.

    6 teams compete now and 4 go to knockout stage. It is kind of too straightforward.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    It's all gone quiet regarding completing PSL5.

    Interestingly a few whispers that people haven't been paid what they were owed.
    The tournament was not completed, why should the people be paid amounts they have not earned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    The tournament was not completed, why should the people be paid amounts they have not earned?
    Because they were told they would be paid a long time ago and they keep being told that every week.




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    So looks like no PSL this year based upon what the Chairman said recently. So how did Karachi do in PSL 2020? Felt like they had a good chance of winning the title?


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    From what Salman said, PCB and franchise issues have always been settled in good faith which is why the current crisis seems odd.


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    PSL franchise owners wouldn't want any new teams to be added in at least for another couple of years max as they want to get maximum amount of share they can from this.

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    The more PSL teams = the less money to be shared around.

    So it's in the current franchises best interests not to have any new teams involved in the PSL.

    I think when this interview was done, Salman was being diplomatic with PCB, as obviously there were issues going on behind the scenes.



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    Getting ready for the big celebration

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    I think that PSL needs more teams, partly because there is a fine line separating the good teams from the ones that aren't performing well (on a basis of form). With more teams, it would make the bottom of the table more competitive, rather than teams just accepting that they won't qualify. Plus, I think that there is enough talent to support this expansion, but what is really needed is the presence of more overseas players to pick from.

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    there isnt enough good talent in pakistan to add more teams , these 6 teams are carrying a lot of deadwood .


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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    I think that PSL needs more teams, partly because there is a fine line separating the good teams from the ones that aren't performing well (on a basis of form). With more teams, it would make the bottom of the table more competitive, rather than teams just accepting that they won't qualify. Plus, I think that there is enough talent to support this expansion, but what is really needed is the presence of more overseas players to pick from.
    More teams will cost PSL in quality & economic perspectives. Say two more teams means 26 more games, significantly increase in cost but not sure ROI will get nor’easter proportionately. Then divide smaller proceeds into PCB + 8 mouths.

    In terms of quality, domestic players’ pool will get more divided, foreign draft money will shrink (as the net revenue/franchise is reducing) and lower quality foreigners will be hired.

    Six teams are fine for the time being and may be for next 10-12 years. Otherwise, there won’t be much difference between PSL & National T20.

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    If money could be pumped in, then yes, I think more teams would improve the overall quality of the league. Pakistan is a big country and could easily accommodate 10 teams if the finance was there.

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    7 and thats it. Like not even 8 even if it goes succesful. 7 should be our cap. Get skardu in Gilgit deserves one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JibranAnsari View Post
    there isnt enough good talent in pakistan to add more teams , these 6 teams are carrying a lot of deadwood .
    Yeah that my opinion too. Just not enough talent to get another team. It will just deteriorate the quality of the cricket

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    More teams will cost PSL in quality & economic perspectives. Say two more teams means 26 more games, significantly increase in cost but not sure ROI will get nor’easter proportionately. Then divide smaller proceeds into PCB + 8 mouths.

    In terms of quality, domestic players’ pool will get more divided, foreign draft money will shrink (as the net revenue/franchise is reducing) and lower quality foreigners will be hired.

    Six teams are fine for the time being and may be for next 10-12 years. Otherwise, there won’t be much difference between PSL & National T20.
    Apart from IPL which has 8 teams considering the population of the country; SPL, BPL and Big bash has 7 teams. I think 7 will be good number but anything over that will be too much. But I prefer 7th team should be U19 team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Apart from IPL which has 8 teams considering the population of the country; SPL, BPL and Big bash has 7 teams. I think 7 will be good number but anything over that will be too much. But I prefer 7th team should be U19 team.
    BPL actually had 8 teams, until Barisal's owner was caught in "financially compromised" situation. Actually, most cricket establishments in BD is based on 8 zones.

    7 is an odd number, which is not good for scheduling, particularly for tournaments that has duel games in a day. For the time being, I think 6 teams are perfect for PSL - one extra team won't add any value

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    Quote Originally Posted by yxsr View Post
    7 and thats it. Like not even 8 even if it goes succesful. 7 should be our cap. Get skardu in Gilgit deserves one too.
    Skardu is in Gilgit not sure you can have 2 from the same place.

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    Depends on sponsorship amount/deal....title sponsor and associated sponsors.....more money will make it happen but I think let one or 2 edition go like this....then it would worth a try... definitely 7 or 8 max should be target

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    besides adding another team will mean attracting more good overseas players , PSL already is homing a lots of 32 plus overseas players. Its hard to attract peak t20 players for psl.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    There shouldn't be any new teams until we start roping in some more decent international players, and not
    the uncles on retirement like Ronchi and nobodies like Adam Lyth, Walton etc.

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    Get an auction system in and 3 foreign players per team but top notch...pay more to top players and it should attract them but adjust window to accommodate them

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    Ideally 2 teams will be added in the next 3-4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataullah View Post
    Get an auction system in and 3 foreign players per team but top notch...pay more to top players and it should attract them but adjust window to accommodate them
    Nope, the auction is a terrible idea created by the IPL. The draft system is more professional and followed by leagues around the world, especially in North America. If anything, the PCB should add free agency and allow teams to directly approach players and negotiate deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    I think that PSL needs more teams, partly because there is a fine line separating the good teams from the ones that aren't performing well (on a basis of form). With more teams, it would make the bottom of the table more competitive, rather than teams just accepting that they won't qualify. Plus, I think that there is enough talent to support this expansion, but what is really needed is the presence of more overseas players to pick from.
    I think maybe 2022 1 team should be added but like you said need more overseas players first.i also think thier should be 2 emerging picks but the pcb need to get around 40 players were the franchise have to choose from

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    Quote Originally Posted by JibranAnsari View Post
    besides adding another team will mean attracting more good overseas players , PSL already is homing a lots of 32 plus overseas players. Its hard to attract peak t20 players for psl.
    That's why the pcb should picks 40 emerging players were the franchise have to choose from instead of the franchise choosing any tom dick and harry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cric1234 View Post
    Skardu is in Gilgit not sure you can have 2 from the same place.

    typo i meant get skardu in as gilgit deserves one too*

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    Generous and expensive gesture from Salman Iqbal.

    I wonder if the overseas players qualify for this too.



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    Every big Pakistan businessman wants a PSL team now: Karachi Kings owner

    Every big Pakistan businessman wants a PSL team now: Karachi Kings owner

    Salman Iqbal, owner of champions Karachi Kings, looks back at their PSL journey

    Published: March 03, 2021 13:16

    Gautam Bhattacharyya, Senior Associate Editor

    Salman Iqbal, owner of Karachi Kings, poses with the PSL trophy after his team won the title last year.

    Image Credit: Supplied photo

    Kolkata: The franchise owners of the six-year-old Pakistan Super League (PSL) can, much like the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), look at their journey with a great deal of satisfaction. From a tentative start at their second home in the UAE with four teams in 2015, it has become one of the most vibrant T20 franchise leagues now - and one of the most high profile owners thanked his counterparts for the way they have stuck through thick and thin.

    ‘‘We have worked very hard to bring PSL where it is today,’’ says Salman Iqbal, owner of defending champions Karachi Kings and a media baron. ‘‘We are now the second largest league in the world as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has to be the biggest. In the Big Bash, the teams belong to the board and not to any private ownership like us,’’ he said during an exclusive interview with Gulf News on zoom.

    ‘‘It’s been a very, very interesting journey for all the franchise owners, especially the first four of us who started it six years back. After starting it in the UAE, we kept thinking that for the PSL to be a real success, it has to be brought to Pakistan where we eat and sleep cricket. We, along with Najm Sethi, the earlier PCB chairman, worked very hard to bring the league here,’’ Iqbal said from Karachi.

    What gives the likes of Iqbal an extra sense of satisfaction is the role PSL played in ending the cricketing isolation of sorts for Pakistan - which has seen the likes of South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh touring the country once again after a decade-long gap.

    ‘‘PSL played a huge role in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan as we follow the same security protocol which is followed in international cricket here. When we first moved to Lahore to host the two semi-finals and final, we could hardly bring overseas cricketers. Kumar Sangakkara was the captain of Lahore Qalandars, but we had to relieve him from that match against Peshwar Zalmi as he was one of the players who were on that bus in 2009. Lahore had to hence get a new captain,’’ he recalled.

    Last year, pandemic struck the league at the fag-end when the two semi-finals and final had to be postponed indefinitely after a suspected case of COVID-19 in one of the camps. ‘‘It was a big decision last year when we couldn’t play the last three matches, but the league could be finally finished with Karachi winning their first title,’’ he said with an air of pride. ‘‘This time, the going had been smooth so far and the SoPs at the stadium are amazing. The fans are being scattered around the stadium with no huddles,’’ he said.

    ‘‘Some of the biggest names of the game had been part of our league, like Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn or Rashid Khan...the England white ball captain Eoin Morgan had also come once. I remember how it was we bought the teams, there were a lot of negative vibes - including people in the media - who doubted if we could have the league up and running. Today, every big businessmen in Pakistan now wants to buy a PSL team,’’ he added with a laugh.

    What could be the areas of improvement? ‘‘Now we would like to bring the revenue stream where we would like to be and break even,’’ Iqbal signed off.

    Link: https://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/e...ner-1.77556175

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    If that is actually true, why are all these owners constantly crying about the franchise fees being too high? If it is too high and there is demand then sell the team.


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