The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) faces scheduling challenges as the cricket-loving nation, Pakistan, is to welcome Australia for a home series according to the ICC’s Future Tour Programs (FTP).
Notably, the PSL always takes place between February and March. Still, the scheduled series against Australia will force the authorities to push the extravaganza to April or May, a window when the Indian Premier League (IPL) is always organized.
Consequently, there will be a scheduling clash as the two leagues will opt for the same window. It is pertinent to mention that both the leagues have faced venue problems for the 2021 season amidst the COVID surge in the countries.
PSL 2021, although was dragged to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and have curled up choosing Multan Sultans as the winners, however, the IPL 2021 is down and dusted with the first phase and will resume with the second in UAE during September – just before the T20 World Cup.
PSL 2022 to clash with IPL 2022
Next year, if the dates of two top-class leagues collide, the availability of the foreign players common in PSL and IPL will be a matter of question. Only the time can tell that players will be opting to play which among two.
Another possible window to organize PSL 2022 can be December 25 to February 15, as the board requires around 50 days to wind up the league. But, the availability of foreign players will once again be a threat as the players of around five countries will be committed to the national duties then.
Also, it is very obstinate if the PCB will choose to organize during Pakistan’s winter amidst the foggy conditions in the chosen venues, Rawalpindi, Lahore, and Multan. Only Karachi will be available to host the entire tournament that does not look pretty feasible; hence, the clash between PSL and IPL is probable.
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