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PSL franchises sent a message to chairman PCB

KARACHI: Many Pakistan Super League franchises have expressed concerns over the newly-launched T10 Cricket League in Sharjah over fears of its possible detrimental impact on the PSL.

PSL franchises fear that the T10 Cricket League — set to be held in December 2017 — is likely to damage their market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“PSL franchises have sent a message to chairman PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) Najam Sethi, advising him to discourage the upcoming league,” said a source privy to the matter.

The franchises have concerns related to business opportunities during the PSL, as they think that a tournament with Pakistan’s top players before PSL can hurt their brand value,” the source added.

Sethi on Tuesday had hinted at conditional support towards T10 Cricket League.

“PCB will support TTEN South Asia tournament in December 2017 if it is beneficial to interests of all stakeholders,” Sethi said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Another source confirmed that the franchise owners are moving towards the creation of an owners’ board in a bid to have their opinions heard in matters related to the PSL.

“Franchise owners are of the view that they have all the investments and stakes in the PSL and they are seeking a proper forum to have their concerns answered,” the source stated.

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