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PCB to introduce two more PSL teams by 2026

PCB to introduce two more PSL teams by 2026

PCB to introduce two more PSL teams by 2026

PCB to introduce two more PSL teams by 2026

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  • PSL is looking to expand from 6 to 8 teams starting in 2026.
  • 2025 season will be the last with 6 teams.
  • PCB is confident of reaching an agreement with franchises.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the expansion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) from six to eight teams starting from the 2026 season. This was confirmed in a PCB statement on Friday, marking the 2025 season as the final six-team event.

This decision follows an agreement between the PCB and existing PSL franchises to delay adding new teams until after the tenth season. Since the Multan Sultans joined in 2018, they have been the only addition to the original five franchises. The process to select the cities for the new teams has not yet begun.

The expansion to an eight-team league comes as the ten-year lease agreements with current franchise owners expire in 2025. Despite joining later, the Multan Sultans’ lease will also be up for renewal. All six franchise owners have the right of first refusal, allowing them to retain ownership by matching their franchise’s valuation.

One major issue is the scheduling of the PSL. The traditional February-March window will be occupied by the Champions Trophy next year, and the ILT20 and SA20 leagues are also scheduled for that period. The PCB is considering shifting the PSL to an April-May window, overlapping with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

This proposal has met resistance from PSL franchises due to concerns over player availability and competition with the IPL. At least three of the six franchises oppose the change. However, a PCB official is confident that the franchises will eventually agree, as the PCB has the final decision-making authority through the PSL governing council.

To address concerns over player availability, the PCB has suggested adjusting player recruitment rules and increasing financial flexibility, allowing each franchise to sign one marquee player independently of the draft. This aims to attract top talent despite the scheduling conflict with the IPL. The expansion also necessitates a larger window, with the IPL’s three-month duration providing a model for an extended PSL season.

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The scheduling conflict might limit the PSL to overseas players not selected by the IPL, potentially excluding high-profile players like Rashid Khan, who is expected to favor the IPL if the leagues overlap.

Additionally, the PCB is considering hosting the PSL 2025 playoffs and final in the UK to avoid the extreme heat in Lahore during mid-May. This move aims to enhance the league’s global reach and is seen as more cost-effective than hosting in the UAE.

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