PSL 8: Massive setback for the league amid ongoing Pakistan financial crisis

As we know, the economy is the strongest pillar of a country, depending on which country runs. When the economy faces a breakdown, it affects the whole nation, including all its wings of it. In recent times Pakistan has been suffering from a huge financial crisis.

Even during Pakistan financial crisis, the other debtors have refused to help. Foreign investors have rejected growing industries in the country because of its unstable government and dirty politics. The Pakistan Super League is also a victim of the same. Now the situation has become so serious that the running season of PSL 8 is quite tough to run any more for the organizers as well as the board itself.

March 10Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans07:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
March 11  Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans07:30 PM  Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
March 12  Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi02:30 PM  Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
March 12Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings07:30 PMGaddafi Stadium, Lahore
March 15Qualifier07:30 PMGaddafi Stadium, Lahore
March 16Eliminator 107:30 PMGaddafi Stadium, Lahore
March 17Eliminator 207:30 PMGaddafi Stadium, Lahore
March 19Final07:30 PMGaddafi Stadium, Lahore

PSL season 8:

Pakistan Super League is a professional cricket tournament first introduced in 2015. Since then, it has been occurring every year where a bunch of cricketers, along with foreign players, take part. In the current 8th season, the tournament started on January 27, 2023, and is expected to run till March 19, 2023. Here is the remaining schedule for Pakistan Super League season 8.

PSL 8 in financial crisis:

Pakistan is battling a financial crisis and is on the verge of bankruptcy. It has brought PSL 8’s future under severe doubt, and the Pakistan Cricket Board plans to counter the issues and ensure that the tournament continues smoothly.

The PCB has always seen a lot of excitement in the PSL. They have often credited it for improving their cricketing structure and players. The 8th season of the league is underway, and 12 matches have been played. Multan Sultans is at the top of the list with 8 points from 5 games. On the other hand, another PASL team Quetta Gladiators are at the last of the table with 2 points from four games.

Crisis in the depth:

PSL 8 has faced a massive crisis amid the ongoing Pakistan financial crisis. The Pakistan Cricket Board has called for an urgent meeting with all the participating franchises. Moreover, the PCB is mulling over the prospects of shifting the remaining games of the league to Karachi. Much to PCB’s woes, they have been handed over a hefty bill of Rs 500 million bucks from the provincial government. The matches that were to be organised by Rawalpindi and Lahore can be moved to Karachi. The board is citing reasons related to cost-cutting behind their decision.

Sources have revealed that the new Sindh government charges almost nothing from Pakistan Cricket Board to host the PSL matches—this time, the PCB has paid Rs. Fifty million for food, but the Punjab government has also asked the PCB to pay the remaining amount, around Rs 450 million. PCB’s internal meeting with the PSL franchise is scheduled for February 24, 2023. Karachi had a total of 9 league matches to host. Because of Pakistan financial crisis, PSL’s hosting schedule might change, and the metropolitan city may host its last match on February 24, 2023. Home team Karachi Kings will clash with the Sultans at the National Bank Cricket Arena.

Finale lines:

Although the tournament is facing troubles because of the Pakistan financial crisis almost confirmed to run till the end. Rawalpindi is scheduled to host 11 matches this season. The playoffs and grand final of the PSL will be played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on March 19, 2023.

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