Dual Spectacular: PSL Opener Set to Rival ILT20 Final

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The Pakistan Super League’s 2024 season opener will coincide with the final of the UAE’s ILT20, causing scheduling clashes and potential complications for franchises in both leagues. The ninth edition of the PSL will start on February 17 with a match between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, while the ILT20 final is also scheduled to take place in Dubai at the same time.

The scheduling clash is likely to impact the availability of five Pakistan players with ILT20 contracts who are due to play for Desert Vipers, as well as Imad Wasim who signed with Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. Additionally, a number of overseas players may miss either the start of the PSL or the final stages of the ILT20, depending on their contracts and their franchises’ progress.

The PCB unveiled the PSL fixtures, with the final scheduled for March 18. The knockout stages will take place in Karachi, which will host a total of 11 games. Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan will also stage fixtures, while Quetta and Peshawar will not host games.

The PCB also announced a new broadcast deal for the 2024 and 2025 PSL editions, with a reported 113% increase in the value of live-streaming rights and a 45% increase in broadcast rights. The National Women’s T20 Tournament will also begin on January 15, featuring six regional teams. This tournament serves as an opportunity for players to stake a claim in the national team ahead of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup in September-October.

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