Franchise owners say NO to the sixth team in 2017 PSL
The idea of adding the sixth team in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League has been turned down as franchises showed their concerns about their fan base and revenue.
Pakistan Cricket Board had a meeting with five owners of the PSL in which they discussed the possibility of adding the sixth franchise in the 2017 edition of the PSL.
Franchises were against inclusion of the sixth team as they want to make the most of this opportunity to increase their fan base and maximize their return on investment.
The owners also turned down the offer made by the cricket board to sponsor regional teams as they first want to make up for their investment in the PSL.
The decision for not having a sixth team in the second edition of the PSL has come as no surprise as Najam Sethi has earlier indicated that the inclusion of Kashmir team in the second edition of the PSL may encounter some obstacles.
“We will not have [a new team] until the third year; that is written,” Sethi had told ESPNcricinfo. “But at the same time we are looking at the financials about the addition of a sixth team, in terms of whether it will be Kashmir, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gilgit-Baltistan or any other team. That decision is pending. We have to weigh the pros and cons and that’s the issue right now but we cannot have it until all franchises agree. Without their consent we can’t make it [happen].”
Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta contested in the first season of the PSL, franchises are concerned about their cut of profit, that is why they are not in favor of the sixth team in the league for now.