The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) held an emergency meeting with all the PSL franchise owners on Friday, in order to decide the outcome of the PSL matches scheduled to be held in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
The interim government of Punjab demanded PKR500 million from the PCB to conduct matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi. The board has already paid PKR50 million to the Punjab government for food expenses.
The district government now needs the remaining PKR450 million for lighting and security. To save these expenses, the committee is now considering to transfer the Punjab leg of PSL 8 to Karachi.
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According to sources, the meeting was held via mobile phone, where the PSL officials gave the chairman of the PCB management committee, Najam Sethi, the final authority to take the call on the aforementioned subject.
Najam Sethi believes that giving in to the demands of the government will be a mistake for the future and will also result in financial losses for the board and the PSL franchise.
The PSL franchise has refused to pay the PKR450 million bill demanded by the provincial government.
The PCB is still discussing the matter with the provincial government and is expected to make a decision this evening.
Another emergency meeting will be held between the PCB and the PSL franchise tomorrow, in case the issue cannot be resolved.
According to the reporter of Express News, Muhammad Yousuf Anjum, the PCB has given another plan to the PSL franchises about changing the next PSL 8 matches to Karachi.
The author added that, if the remaining PSL matches are moved to Karachi, it will also be possible to move the matches to Lahore in the New Zealand series, to Karachi.
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