The Pakistan Super League has slowly risen up to a good position on the world stage and has shown it has a lot of potential. And now, PCB chief Ramiz Raja has opined that his new plans for the Pakistan T20 League that will push the standard of the tournament even higher.
The former Pakistani cricketer spoke to the media about his plans to elevate PSL and he said that he wanted to replace the current draft system to select players with an auction model that is followed in the Indian T20 League. He said that this will interest more players as the purse will be bigger. He further added that this will help match the standards of the Indian T20 League.
“We need to create new properties to be financially independent. We have nothing for now but the PSL and ICC funds. There’s an argument over the model from next year; I want to switch it to an auction model from next year,” Raja was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“The market forces are conducive, but we’ll sit down with the franchise owners to discuss it. This is a game of money. When the cricket economy grows in Pakistan, our respect will rise. The main driver of that financial economy is the PSL. If we take the PSL to auction model, increase the purse, then I’ll put it in the IPL bracket. And then we’ll see who goes to play the IPL over the PSL,” he further added.
Raja also said that he would like to move to the home-away format rather than the two stadium approach. “The gate money will be excellent, and we want to elevate the concept of the PSL,” he said.