Peshawar may host PSL matches next year: Mani

From our correspondent

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board‘s (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday conceded that Peshawar may host the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches next year if construction of the Arbab Niaz Stadium is completed.

In the news conference at the National Stadium here Mani said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government Is doing a great job as a good venue is being built.

However he was quick to add that it would depend when the stadium is made ready.

“If this year the venue is prepared then Arbab Niaz Stadium may host matches of the PSL,” said Mani, also a former chief of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Encouraged by the so far breakthrough towards revival of international cricket Mani said that the PCB would aggressively bid for the ICC events to be held in between 2023 to 2031.

“You know around 450 foreign players showed interest in the PSL-5 out of the, 36 were picked by the six franchises. The players reaction is important. They are very happy and feel safe in Pakistan,” Mani said.

He said that 11 months ago the PCB had pledged that next season of the PSL would be entirely held in Pakistan.

“We fulfilled the promise,” the PCB chief said. All the owners of the six franchises were also present at the news conference. The PSL-5 is set to begin here at the National Stadium today (Thursday) with two-time champions Islamabad United taking on holders Quetta Gladiators at 9pm.

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