PCB and PSL franchise owners debate salary cap for league players ahead of the 7th edition

Nov 28, 2021: Ahead of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a new controversy has emerged between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the franchise owners over the players’ salary limits.

PCB chairman Rameez Raja’s resentment was evident during a meeting with PSL franchise owners during which he said the league owners were interfering with Pakistan cricket according to a report by The News.

The league’s seventh edition is set to begin in mid-January next year, with the league draft expected to be in the second week of December. A source inside the board quoted the PCB chairman as saying to the owners, “PSL is our home and you are going to interfere. You have broken the windows and doors of our house.”

Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar replied that PSL exists because of franchises. “We are the investors of the league,” he said. “We have six successful league seasons and this is our home.”

The PCB chairman asked Imran Ahmad Khan, a member of the players’ management committee, why well-known T20 cricketers like Glenn Maxwell of Australia and others stayed away from PSL. He replied that we had invited him many times but he refused to play in Pakistan.

The board and the franchise owners disagreed on the salary limit set by the body for the next edition of the league. Ramez had asked the franchisees to increase the salary limit from 0.95 million to 1.2 million.

However, the franchisees, after detailed discussions with the PCB chairman, managed to keep the salary limit for PSL to 0.95 million.

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