The Pakistan Super League from the 2020 season onwards will entirely be played at home. There will be no more overseas ties for Pakistan Cricket Board-owned professional cricket league.
The PSL so far has been played primarily in the UAE and Abu Dhabi with the last few games being hosts at Lahore and Karachi.
PCB Chairman, ahead of the PSL closing ceremony at Karachi’s national stadium has confirmed that all the PSL games henceforth be played within Pakistan.
“Today for Pakistan, especially for Karachi, it’s a historic day. Since PSL is in Karachi, over 200,000 spectators witnessed the games at the stadium and millions witnessed on TV and digital platform,” Mani said at the National Stadium, where over 30,000 spectators attended the final of PSL 2019, between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi.
“We should always remember that cricket is the one game that brings happiness and light in life and this lesson shouldn’t be forgotten.
“The biggest reward should be given to the people of Karachi, the way you people have supported and embraced PSL 4 here in your city. The love and support was extraordinary.
“Finally, I would like to say that all overseas players, officials and technical support teams, you have seen yourself the passion and love for cricket in Pakistan. Next year we look forward to welcome you back with all the PSL matches in Pakistan.”
For the PCB, the PSL, now coming to the end of its fourth season, has been a platform to try and bring top-drawer cricket back to the country. The final of the 2017 edition was held in Lahore, followed by the last four games, including the final, in 2018. This year, the last eight games have been held in Karachi.
Alongside, international limited-overs series against a World XI, West Indies and Sri Lanka have also been held in the country over the past couple of years with considerable success.
Earlier this month, Pakistan completed ten years since the country became a no-go zone — with rare exceptions — for international cricket teams, following the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. The PCB was forced to make UAE their home away from home and, before the recent tours, the only top-tier team to visit Pakistan were Zimbabwe, in 2015, for a limited-overs series in Lahore.
The PCB is also looking forward to bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. Ever since the terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Pakistan, the PCB has been compelled to play their home series in the UAE and Abu Dhabi.