Monday, April 22

Franchises and PCB at loggerheads again ahead of PSL 2020 playoffs

Karachi Kings (Photo via FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP via Getty Image)

A few days before the start of PSL 2020 playoffs, New issues have cropped up between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise. Beyond the rest of the tournament’s games, the PSL franchise has been included in international broadcasting rights for the bilateral series in addition to PSL.

According to a report, the owners of PSL franchisees have not been informed of what their shares will be in the new deal. The PCB, on its part, maintains silence on the issue, which can attend the meeting after consulting two individuals. Last year, PCB granted foreign media rights to Tech Front International FZE for PSL from 2019 to 2021.

However, the deal was terminated by PCB in September as Tech Front International FZE not only breached the contract, but also failed to make timely payments. Later, the Tech Front approached the London Court of International Arbitration on this issue.

New tender affects PSL franchise

In the new tender published earlier this year, PCB Advertised international broadcast rights with PSL from 2021 to 2023 for a bilateral series from November 2020 to March 2023. The tender has been considered void as bids could not be received from many regions except South Africa and will now be republished. Future.

The PSL franchises, however, are unhappy with the fact that according to Cricket Pakistan, the PSL was advertised with bilateral events. At the outset, the board insisted that PSL rights were advertised with bilateral series rights to increase the overall value of the deal, which is a troubling development for PSL franchises who have suffered losses.

Later, the board asked for two individuals to attend advisory meetings, but has not responded after receiving four names for the meeting. The board kept silence over the entire matter, with its director, Media Samiul Hasan Burney, speaking to the Daily Express, insisting that officials were not present due to the holiday.