PSL7 – Pakistan Super League's next edition to start next January

04:00 PM | 24 Jul, 2021
PSL7 – Pakistan Super League's next edition to start next January

LAHORE – After the completion of PSL 6 in two segments, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan Super League franchises have agreed to conduct the seventh edition of the country’s biggest Twenty20 tournament in January and February next year.

A press release of PCB stated that the decision was taken after a joint meeting between the board officials and the franchise owners on Friday.

Both sides discussed a way forward in regards to the new commercial rights cycle and established a framework for rights evaluation and their subsequent sale.

Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer, GM Commercial Imran Ahmed Khan, and PSL Senior General Manager Operations Usman Wahla represented Pakistan Cricket Board while Salman Iqbal, Sameen Rana. Haider Azhar, Nadeem Omar, Nausherwan Effandi, and Ali Naqvi represented their respective franchises.

The seventh edition of PSL will likely start from the first week of January next year while the officials decide to hold 17 matches in Karachi and Lahore each.

Earlier in March this year, the sixth edition of PSL was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak reported in the tournament’s 'bio-secure' bubble in the Sindh capital.

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