PSL may have a sixth team from 3rd Edition
The big question is whether the Pakistan Super League should add a sixth team into their lineup of the five sides that are already a part of the competition.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering introducing another team to the Pakistan Super League. There is a possibility that the new team will be named after the Azad Kashmir region. However, it is unlikely as there is likely to be opposition on financial grounds from existing sides. At the same time, such a move could also cause a political controversy which the PCB will be keen to avoid.
Currently, the PSL has five teams competing for honours – Lahore, Quetta, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad. In accordance with the initial contract signed between the PCB and the franchises, additional teams cannot be introduced to the PSL prior to its third edition.
PCB chief Najam Sethi had tweeted in December that it was his dream to launch the sixth team in the PSL in 2017 and name it after Kashmir. In the same tweet, he had also wished that the five existing franchises support the idea. While Peshawar owner Javed Afridi threw his support behind the board president, support was not forthcoming from the four other franchises.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo.com, Sethi confirmed that the PSL will not have an additional side in its second edition as the PCB was contractually bound. However, he said that the PSL was looking at whether introducing a sixth team made financial sense. While Sethi revealed that the name for the new franchise has not been agreed, he also mentioned that it would not be possible to include a new franchise without the support of the existing teams in the PSL.
The opposition from the four teams other than Peshawar can be explained by the fact that a new franchise will eat into their revenues. The inaugural edition of the PSL saw the five teams share 70% of the revenue generated by the competition equally. Sethi revealed that efforts to convince the sides that a sixth team will be beneficial for the PSL are ongoing.
So, should PSL have a sixth team for the third edition of the competition?