The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied the reports coming from 'The News International' regarding the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 8). The website published an article on Saturday, June 11th, under the headline 'Raja declares Peshawar unfit to host PSL 8'.
According to the article, Ramiz Raja and the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi, have engaged in combat regarding the venue of the upcoming edition of the league. The article reads that Afridi suggested 'Peshawar' as one of the stadiums to host it whereas, Raja has slammed his opinion saying Arab Niaz Stadium is not fit to host the matches.
In response, the PCB has rubbished the news saying the game of cricket unites the nation and, as such, these baseless and speculative stories attributed to unidentified “sources” and targeting the institution, it’s units and it’s chair is unfair, unethical and contrary to the basic principles of responsible journalism.
The article further penned out that Peshawar's stadium has not been declared suitable by the security forces. Published under the name 'Our Correspondent', the piece posted inauthentic news of PSL 8 likely to take place in Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore. It also commented on Multan Stadium's chances to be added to PSL 8 venue panel after it has successfully hosted Pak vs WI series.