Posted on August 28, 2015

Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that Doha will be the venue for the first edition of the Pakistan Super League, scheduled to take place from February 4-24 2016, said Arabian Business. 

Najam Sethi, chairman of the PSL Governing Council and the PCB Executive Committee, made the announcement at the Gaddafi Stadium. “The wait is now over and we are here to tell you of our intent to stage the PSL. The way we see it, PSL is not just about cricket. It is a unique blend of entertainment and cricket which will be the most exciting Pakistani product,” said Sethi in comments published by local media. He said Doha had been selected after extensive negotiations with various stakeholders. 

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The 5-team tournament will take place in February next year with a total of 24 matches scheduled to take place in the first edition. “We are starting with 5 teams in order to build the value of our franchises and we will expand the number of teams in the coming editions,” said Sethi. Top foreign players from all test-playing nations except India have expressed interest in signing up for the PSL, he added. In addition, top foreign coaches are also being roped in for the first edition of the PSL which will carry collective prize money of up to $1 million. In line with the tournament commercial plan, rights for broadcast, sponsorship, and franchise ownership will be sold over the next three months.