After Sethi’s departure: Franchise owners concerned about PSL future

League’s governing council meeting is expected to take place on September 15

After Sethi’s departure: Franchise owners concerned about PSL future PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise owners are concerned about the tournament’s future following the departure of former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi.

Sethi resigned after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT)-led government was formed at the federal level and was replaced by former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani in the board’s election which was conducted on September 4.

PSL was initiated under the leadership of Sethi three years ago and had three successful seasons till now.

According to sources, no PSL franchise has formally contacted Mani ever since he took charge at the office, as they are worried about numerous issues.

First in the list is regarding the league’s management. Franchises are still waiting for the board to confirm if there will be any major changes in the leagues’ management.

Another issue which is a cause of concern for the franchises is the broadcasting deal, which is yet to be finalised. PCB is expected to generate $75 million in the broadcasting right deal, out of 85% will be distributed amongst the franchises. The board has also not finalised the title sponsorship for the league as well.

Board sources confirmed Daily Express that Mani is likely to chair the meeting of the PSL governing council on September 15, where he will reassured the franchise owners that nothing will change with regards to PSL after his arrival.