The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called a last-minute meeting with Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise owners to discuss shifting the league’s Lahore and Rawalpindi matches to Karachi in order to save money, according to sources.
Today the meeting will be held in Lahore.
The demand for Rs. 500 million from the Punjab provincial government has reportedly prompted the board to consider shifting the matches from the next match to Karachi.
The decision was made, according to sources, in order to save money. According to sources, Sindh government is not charging anything from PCB to organize PSL games in Karachi.
They added that the PCB had already given the Punjab government Rs. 50 million payment for food and drink. The board is under pressure from the provincial government to pay the last Rs 450 million as quickly as possible.
This season, Karachi was scheduled to host nine PSL matches, the last of which will be held on February 26 at the National Bank Cricket Arena between the host team Karachi Kings and the table toppers Multan Sultan (NBCA).
As per the original schedule, the remaining matches of the league will be played in Lahore and Rawalpindi starting on February 26.
With 11 matches, Rawalpindi is home to most of the PSL 8 games this year.
While the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the crucial semi-final and championship matches of the tournament.
March 19 is the date of the final.