All eyes in the cricketing world will turn towards the PSL in February next year as Pakistan cricket will be hosting the third edition of the T20 league on par with some of the most successful leagues from across the globe.
The tournament is set to kick off in February 2018 and the final is set to be played in Karachi. The venues in UAE are primarily Dubai and Sharjah hosting some of the matches while Pakistan is set to host 8 matches. Six teams will be competing for the trophy in PSL 2018.
PSL Broadcasting Rights
|Worldwide||PSL to be streamed live on PSL-t20 Official site (Pakistan viewers) / Cricketgateway (International viewers).|
|Pakistan||PTV Sports, Ten Sports, Geo Super|
|India||PSL to air in India on DSport for the first time.|
|Sri Lanka||Dialog TV|
|West Indies||Flow TV|
|North Africa||Yupp TV|
|Australia||No official broadcaster. Highlights on foxsports.com.au.|
Currently, PTV, Geo Sports and Ten Sports are the three official broadcasting TV partners for showing all cricket matches played in Pakistan. Indian viewers weren’t able to watch the second season of the PSL on TV which meant they needed to log in to Cricketgateway to watch it online.
However, according to latest reports, the third season of the PSL might be broadcast in India on DSport, which had recently also won a few other cricket rights in the country.
The third edition of the Pakistan Super League can be watched on TV in the UK with A Plus and UK 44 having won the broadcast rights of the tournament in the region. Prime TV channel is the official broadcaster of the PSL in the UK.
Apart from the television broadcast, PCB has also tied up with online websites to enable streaming of the matches. This will ensure greater viewership and in turn will attract bigger sponsors.
The third edition of the Pakistan Super League can be watched online at Cricketgateway, a website of the Global Sports Commerce and affiliate Technology Frontier Group, who have been awarded the sole licensing deal for showing it live.
The other way to watch the PSL 2018 is by downloading the Cricket Gateway Android App and Cricket Gateway iOS App. Fans from all over the world can watch the PSL online using this app, with the site having seen nearly 5 million hits last season from Australia, UK, USA, Singapore, UAE, Canada, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Germany, India and Japan apart from other parts of the world.
Although more is to be revealed later about the broadcasters of the PSL, PCB Executive Committee chief, Najam Sethi, says that PSL will make money out of broadcast rights, sponsorship rights, apparel rights, and ticket sales with the franchises getting a share out of this central pool.
This alone puts the broadcast rights in a very crucial position as it will bear an important mark on the financial viability and success of this T20 league and will also be a crucial indicator on how the PSL is received across the world vis-à-vis other similar domestic championships.