After a power outage on Monday left the country in darkness, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has moved the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Replacement Draft for season eight to January 25.
The replacement draft was originally scheduled for January 24, but the franchises have requested additional time from PCB to make their selections.
The PSL’s replacement draft ceremony, during which each franchise had the option to expand their squad to 20 players.
In this regard, franchise representatives met with PCB officials last week because some players may be unavailable due to international obligations.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has granted each franchise permission to add two more players to their already announced 18-member squads as a result of this agreement.
All Pakistani BPL participants who have been selected for the PSL are required to confirm their availability on February 2 as previously reported.
A PCB spokesperson stated, “The franchises have requested one more day due to yesterday’s power outage.”
The PCB had previously agreed to increase the number of players on each side to 20, allowing each franchise to select two additional Supplementary players, at the franchises’ request. The Replacement Draft, which will now take place on Wednesday, January 25, will select the Supplementary players.
The PSL 8 opening ceremony will take place in Multan on February 13, prior to the matchup between the defending champion Lahore Qalandars and the Multan Sultans, who won the tournament in 2021; final and closing ceremony on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host the play-offs.
Lahore Qalandars will try to become the first team to win two titles at the same time; In the meantime, Islamabad United will try to win the trophy three times to become the most successful team ever.
There will be five home games between Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans, and Islamabad United, with one match against each team.
11 games will be played in Rawalpindi, nine in Karachi and nine in Lahore, and five in Multan will be played at home.
On March 7, Peshawar Zalmi will play Lahore Qalandars, and Islamabad United will play Multan Sultans, Rawalpindi will host the only doubleheader.
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