PCB chief Ramiz Raja wants the PSL to adopt the auction model as the IPL.© AFP
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has said he wants to move from the draft system to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) auction model. The former Pakistani cricketer said the “market forces” were suitable for this and that the committee would meet with the owners of the PSL teams to discuss the issue. Raja said that an auction model and an increase in the PSL bag could put the tournament “in the IPL range”.
“We need to create new properties to be financially independent. At the moment we only have PSL and ICC funds. There is a debate about the model from next year; I want to switch to an auction model from next year,” Raja said. As stated in ESPNcricinfo.
“Market forces are helpful, but we will sit down with the franchise owners to discuss.
“This is a game of money. When the Cricket economy grows in Pakistan, our respect will increase. The main driver of that financial economy is the PSL. If we auction the PSL model, increase the bag, then I’ll put it in. IPL to play on PSL “.
PSL 2022 ended last month when Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans to win the Pakistan Super League title in the final.
Mohammad Hafeez was the star of Lahore, scoring 46 balls in a 69-pointer, winning a five-way draw to drive the Qalandars 180 and hitting 30,000 before filling Gaddafi Stadium.
Hafeez then entered the caps of champions Mohammad Rizwan (14) and Aamer Azmat (six) in the 138 19.3 overs.
Once the league’s eternal wooden spoon – the last of the first four editions was completed before reaching the finals in 2020 – Qalandars finally completed the winning set. Now six teams have won the league.
Islamabad United won in 2016 and 2018, Peshawar Zalmi in 2017, Quetta Gladiators in 2019, Karachi Kings in 2020 and Sultans (2021) last year.
(With AFP tickets)
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