Even though BCCI is looking for a September – November window to stage IPL this year, PCB seems to be adamant on hosting the rest of the PSL matches in November which would mean a clash between IPL and PSL match providing the prevailing Corona situation permits these two board to arrange matches.
PSL Governing Council agreed in their meeting that November would be the most suitable time to complete the knockout matches of PSL as they paid no dust to BCCI’s request.
Four Teams named as Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars have qualified for the knockouts which was supposed to be played in the playoff format but due to the rise in novel corona virus cases, they had restricted it to be played like normal semifinals in March.
But even that couldn’t take place as teams started losing their overseas players because they decided to go home instead of exposing themselves to the virus in a foreign country which is why the tournament had to be paused in the middle of March. After that, a lot of governments imposed lockdowns in their countries.
PCB and BCCI both are waiting for a final verdict from ICC on whether or not the WT20 would be played this year. BCCI had in fact, written a letter to PCB to postpone the remaining of the PSL and Asia Cup to next year but PCB seems to have other ideas.
” Based on an ongoing review of the league, the six franchises and PCB agreed a framework for greater collaboration to ensure the long-term growth of the PSL and to create financial sustainability. The Franchises and PCB agreed to a framework of regular contact between the teams and the PSL Department, aiming to increase consultative dialogue on various operational and strategic matters relating to the league , ” a PCB source was quoted per saying by a website.
Regarding the Asia Cup, the PCB suggested that it’d go as per schedule and it could be played between September and October even if BCCI decides to host IPL. However, it would be interesting to see how they manage to play Asia Cup as all the Indian International players would be busy playing IPL during the same window. And the challenge remains for PSL as well because if the overseas players are given an option to choose between IPL and PSL, most of them would be picking IPL anyday provided they are in the side of an IPL franchise.