PCB threatens to move PSL 8 matches from Punjab to Karachi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gives ultimatum to Punjab Government over Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight matches, and a possibility of shifting the Punjab-leg of PSL 8 to Karachi is being considered after receiving a hefty bill from the provincial government.

PCB and PSL franchises have unanimously decided not to pay the additional cost of Rs450m to the Punjab government. If the bill is not waived by tomorrow, the matches will be shifted to Karachi.

PCB has already started preparing for holding additional matches in Karachi, and a meeting between PCB and the Punjab government is scheduled to discuss the matter later today. The deadlock could also result in white-ball matches between Pakistan and New Zealand, in April and May, to be moved out of Punjab.

The schedule of matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi has been provided, with the closing ceremony, playoffs, and the final to be played in Lahore. Lahore Qalandars will try to win back-to-back titles while Islamabad United will aim to lift the trophy thrice. The winner of the tournament will receive the Supernova Trophy and a cheque of Rs120m, while the runners-up will get Rs48m.

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