The seventh release of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 7) is to face scheduling concerns as the realm is considering hosting a series against Australia in the initial phase of 2022.
Notably, the extravagant league is always kicked off in between February and March every year but will face scheduling challenges for the upcoming season amidst the pre-decided international home series.
As of now, Pakistan’s cricketing authorities find April-May as the feasible window for the PSL 7, the same window when the Indian Premier League (IPL) always takes place. Hence, the collision of the world’s top two T20 leagues is probable.
PSL 7 clashes with IPL 2022: A threat to PSL for foreign players availability
IPL, which attracts a vast portfolio of world-class foreign players, often makes these players reluct their national duties. The world finds ‘money’ as the ‘major’ reason behind players’ prompt to play IPL with craze every year.
Undoubtedly, the IPL is the world’s cash richest league hence, is more rewarding in terms of cash whereas, people often term PSL as a forum to learning cricket than earning just cash. It is the reason why many foreign players pull themselves away from the PSL presenting different reasons – the reasons that are useless when it comes to IPL.
As in 2022, the two leagues will be in a window collision, it will be a matter of concern for Pakistan’s T20 league as the vast list of foreigners will be directed towards the Indian League. Undoubtedly, PSL will have to go through an immense struggle whilst shortlisting the available foreign players with most of them departing to India for the IPL 2022.
It is pertinent to mention that there is a long list of players who play both; IPL and PSL. But it is yet to witness who among them will prefer which T20 league.