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PSL franchises express concerns over PCB’s approval to KPL

Kashmir Premier League is scheduled to be played from August 6-16, 2021, in Muzaffarabad.

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani ( Image Credit: Twitter)

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to approve a new T20 league, Kashmir Premier League (KPL) has not gone down well with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises. All the six franchises have written a letter to the PCB, expressing their reservations over PCB’s approval to KPL. The draft for the inaugural edition of the KPL took place in Islamabad, where the six participating teams finalized their squads. The tournament is scheduled to be played from August 6-16, 2021, in Muzaffarabad.

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In the email to the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, the franchises collectively protested against the formation of the new league. The franchises said that PCB assured them that PSL will be the only approved T20 tournament in Pakistan.

The owners believe that KPL, which comprises overseas players, will be seen as a mini PSL which could affect the brand value of the league. According to the franchises, it was the responsibility of the PCB to safeguard the premier T20 extravaganza. The owners further requested the board to look into the matter and review their decision to approve KPL.

The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League was played in Pakistan and UAE. The tournament started on February 20 but was postponed after 14 games due to coronavirus concerns. The board then staged the second leg of the tournament in UAE. Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi played the summit clash of the showpiece event and the former clinched the final by 47 runs.

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