KARACHI: The debate over the transfer of the ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to Dubai has intensified.
According to the details, the general elections have been announced in Pakistan on February 8, the proposed dates of the ninth edition of PSL are February 8 to March 24, several months ago, the talks of starting the event from UAE, but now This debate has intensified. Sources said that some officials of the league want the opening ceremony and some matches to be held in Dubai, due to the election, security arrangements in the country will be difficult.
In this regard, the sources said that a high-ranking person associated with PSL has been trying since the beginning of this year to somehow hold a few matches in the UAE, when an unpleasant incident happened in Karachi during the eighth edition. He contacted the franchise owners and said that now the league should be shifted to Dubai as there are security issues, but his proposal was rejected.
Earlier, when there was a dispute over security money with the Punjab government, there were talks of shifting the league. They wanted to somehow take the ninth edition out of the country, they thought that Zaka Ashraf would not get an extension, so the goal would be easily achieved, but the whole plan fell through.
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The opinion of the franchises is divided in this matter, some supporters are not in favor of it, one of the owners said when contacted that India has also shifted the IPL to UAE and South Africa during the election days, we have also done it. So what will happen?
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“Foreign cricketers in Dubai also feel satisfied because of the ease of movement they are allowed,” another franchise owner said. There is also the problem of tickets, expensive hotels, etc. Anyway, the election will be held in one day.