HBL PSL 5

The owners of the Super League of Pakistan (PSL) Habib Bank Limited (HBL) expect to meet with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani to relay their complaints on Monday. The meeting in Lahore is expected to be heated.

Franchises expect to request indefinite rights from their respective teams. The current agreement grants them rights for a period of 10 years.

The owners argue that they are building their respective brands and if for some reason their contracts are not renewed, all their hard work will be wasted.

The PCB appears to agree with the principle of this application. PCB Managing Director (MD) Wasim Khan in a recent interview suggested granting PSL franchise rights for at least 30 to 40 years.

According to the sources, franchises are angry after reports of special treatment for Multan Sultans by the PCB. A nine-item agenda is preparing for the meeting.

Franchises have spoken about the fact that their complaints are not addressed by the PCB. PCB President Ehsan Mani has invited franchise owners to address their concerns.

The meeting expects to start at 2 p.m. And continue until 5 p.m. Other PCB officials will also be present with the president.

A fixed dollar rate, such as the fixed rate for title sponsors, is also part of the agenda. Fixing the dollar rate would result in higher revenues for franchises.

In the meantime, the money given to franchises also is in consideration. Franchises currently receive 50 percent of the money’s share from the door. Some owners think this isn’t right. Host franchises must receive the full amount obtained through it.

The board has already announced that it will hold all parties in Pakistan. However, franchises believe that international cricketers will not come to Pakistan throughout the league, so they will request that half of the matches be played in the UAE.

Franchises understand that foreign players receive payments in dollars, but will ask why local players are also paid in dollars. They believe that local players should receive payment in Pakistani rupees (PKR).

Franchisees will also request the inclusion of their respective Director of Cricket Operations (DCO) in an advisory role when deciding the categories of players for the draft.

Another concern for franchisees is the removal of bank guarantees. Franchise owners will ask the board for an increase in core group revenue. They expect transmission share to increase from 80 percent to 85 percent or 90 percent.