The Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight matches are expected to be held in Lahore and Rawalpindi as per schedule, as the deadlock between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the interim Punjab government was expected to end today. According to reports, the interim government has decided to be flexible on expenses, and they will pay fifty percent of the bill payment, which is PKR 250 million. While they have asked the PCB to pay the remaining PKR 250 million for lighting and security purposes.
Earlier, the interim government had demanded PKR 500 million from the PCB to conduct the matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi. The board had already paid PKR 50 million to the Punjab government for expenses on food, but the provincial government was now demanding the remaining PKR 450 million for lighting and security purposes. In order to save these expenses, the board was considering shifting the Punjab-leg of PSL 8 to Karachi.
During the meeting between the aforementioned parties on Friday, PCB had refused to pay the bills of PKR 450 million for security, lights, and other expenses handed over by the government. However, PCB has sent the message to the interim government that Lahore will host two games, after which the league can shift to Karachi. The board is hoping that the patron-in-chief of the board and Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharift, will intervene in the matter.
Minister of Health from the interim government, Dr. Javed Akram, had confirmed to Express News that the PSL matches will not be shifted from Lahore and Rawalpindi to Karachi. Matches in Lahore will start from February 26, while Rawalpindi will host the PSL matches from March 1.
Meanwhile, cricket fans are excited about the tournament and are eagerly awaiting the start of the matches. The PSL has become a hugely popular tournament in Pakistan and around the world, with many star players participating in the event. The tournament is also an opportunity for young and upcoming cricketers to showcase their talent and make a name for themselves. With the matches set to go ahead as scheduled, fans can look forward to an exciting and entertaining tournament.