Sharjah, Dubai named venues for Pakistan Super League
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday announced that their high profile Twenty20 tournament, Pakistan Super League (PSL), will be held in Dubai and Sharjah.
However the tournament will be clashing with the Masters Champions League (MCL) which was launched in June and is expected to be a two-week tournament in the United Arab Emirates in February every year.
This means that the PSL authorities will have to share the facilities with the authorities of MCL.
A source in the PCB confirmed the Press Trust of India that after the negotiations with the officials of the Emirates board they have decided to with UAE as the venue.
"The Masters Cricket League would also be held nearly simultaneously at the same venues with the PSL.
“For example if one day a PSL fixture is being held in Dubai the same day a match of the MCL could be scheduled in Sharjah," the source said.
The source further added that Doha, Qatar was also in contention for hosting the PSL but the majority of members in the board opted for Dubai and Sharjah.
"But the majority vote in the PCB is in favour of having the PSL in Dubai and Sharjah because of the cricket culture there, the large Pakistani and Asian expatriate community plus the fact that the UAE venues are like second home to the PCB which has been hosting its home series there since 2010.”
West Indian cricketers Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have already expressed their interest in the PSL.
The PCB is scheduled to officially launch the PSL and its logo in Lahore today and also is expected to make an announcement on the international cricketers signed for the tournament.
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