Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee’s Chairman, Najam Sethi told BBC in an interview that three out of five PSL franchises have agreed to sponsor their regional teams, while two teams are having some negotiations with the board and likely to agree soon.
Quetta Gladiators has agreed to sponsor Quetta region, Islamabad United will sponsor Islamabad region and Lahore Qaladars is ready to sponsor Lahore region. Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi have not agreed upon the proposal yet.
“If PCB is giving every region Rs20-25 million, now, with the franchises in the picture, the regions will receive a total of 50 million rupees. The move will greatly benefit the regions and the cricketers,” said Sethi.
“Expending Rs20-25 million for franchises is not that difficult,” he added. “Franchises know well that they can expand their PSL fan base by supporting regional teams.”
Najam Sethi also enlightened how attracting private sectors for development of cricket in the country will help the cause, “Our real motive is to bring the private sector into cricket, which together with the selected people of regional cricket, can run the show themselves,” said Sethi. “Surely, this will have a positive effect on the performance of regions.”