KARACHI: Many Pakistani franchises have expressed concerns over the newly-launched Ten10 Cricket League in Sharjah over fears of its possible detrimental impact on the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
PSL franchises fear that the T10 Cricket League — launched in Sharjah earlier and matches of which are slated for December 2017 — is likely to damage their market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A source privy to the matter said, “PSL franchises have sent a message to chairman PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) Chairman Najam Sethi, advising him to discourage the upcoming league.”
“[The] franchises have concerns related to business opportunities during the PSL, as they think that a tournament with Pakistan’s top players before PSL can hurt their brand value,” the source added.
Sethi on Tuesday had hinted at a conditional support towards T10 Cricket League.
“PCB will support TTEN South Asia tournament in December 2017 if it is beneficial to interests of all stakeholders,” Sethi said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Another source confirmed that the franchise owners are moving towards the creation of an owners’ board in a bid to have their opinions heard in matters related to the PSL.
“Franchise owners are of the view that they have all the investments and stakes in the [PSL] and they are seeking a proper forum to have their concerns answered,” the source stated.