The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be played in January-February in 2022. The tournament is usually played in March but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PSL franchises decided to prepone the tournament as Pakistan are lined up to play Australia in March. PCB, who are trying to bring cricket back to Pakistan, does not want to compromise a series against Australia thus have decided to prepone the showpiece event.
“We will have to sit down with the franchises and discuss this [PSL 7]. The Australian team is visiting after 22 years. If we miss this window, they won’t return for another three or four years as their Future Tours Programme is already decided,” said PCB CEO Wasim Khan in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, back in June.
“In January the weather in Karachi is decent and in early February we can shift the tournament to Punjab but we still need to do planning in this regard,” he added.
PCB had a hard time organising the sixth edition of the PSL. The tournament started in March but was postponed after an outbreak of COVID-19 in the bubble. The second leg was then played in UAE where Multan Sultans claimed their maiden title by defeating Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs.
While the PCB is keen to stage the tournament in Pakistan, they would need the COVID-19 situation to significantly improve. If that doesn’t happen, a lot of overseas T20 stalwarts might not be available for the tournament which will definitely affect the brand value of the event.