Pakistan Cricket Board has terminated PSL team Multan franchise rights ahead of players draft on 20 November 2018. PCB will now take responsibility of “The Sixth Team” for Pakistan Super League 2019 and smooth running to be done by cricket board until the new owner announced.
The termination was unfortunate for Pakistan Cricket Board and the team was terminated because franchise failed to submit bank guarantee of 5.2 million dollars even though board sent reminder timely. No response was given from the franchise owners which forced PCB to terminate the Multan team.
“While this is an unfortunate turn of events, we have to ensure strict adherence to contractual obligations for the well-being of Pakistan Super League. We wish Schon Group well with their future endeavours,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said in a release.
However PCB chairman assured all Pakistan cricket fans, players, sponsors that PSL 2019 would go as it was scheduled earlier.
“I want to reassure our partners – franchisees, sponsors, players, coaches and fans – that the Pakistan Super League will take place as planned. Our preparations are in full swing starting with the PSL Draft in Islamabad. The 2019 edition of the PSL will be a memorable one with as many as eight matches including the play-offs and the final scheduled to take place in Pakistan,” Mani added.
Now with this termination, new buyer of sixth franchise will be having opportunity to introduce new name of the team and it can represent any city of the country.
The fourth edition of Pakistan Super League will be played from 14th February in 2019 and it will have six teams and 34 matches which PCB scheduled earlier before Multan’s termination. Tournament to go on as it is originally planned.