PSL Champions looking to take on the winner of NatWest T20 Blast
KARACHI: Islamabad United, the champions of the first edition of Pakistan Super League is in quest to lock horns with the winners of the NatWest T20 Blast 2016 and have formally requested to the PSL Governing Council to arrange the contest.
However, the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has not been contacted yet to discuss the proposal of Islamabad United.
The idea has already been put in the agenda of next PSL meeting that is scheduled to take place in the first week of July. A PSL official told Express Tribune, “United intend to play the Natwest T20 Blast winner of 2016 and have told the governing council about it, but the idea is in its initial stages.”
The source further added, “From what we’ve learnt, if the ideas goes ahead, the match it likely to be played at Lord’s.”
It was initially agreed by the PSL Governing Council that franchises will be allowed to hold two events in a year to generate revenue.
Earlier, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi also proposed to play a couple of T20 games in England and are expected to file a formal request with the board soon.
Another agenda of the next scheduled PSL meeting is to discuss the idea of holding the final of second edition of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore, “The PSL was received very warmly in Pakistan and now there is pressure on us to hold a few matches here.”
“The possibility of hosting the final will be discussed in the next meeting with the representatives of the five franchises, while there will be talk regarding transfer and retention of players,” said the official.