The PCB is concerned that the growth of Indian investment in franchise T20 leagues could leave their players locked out of opportunities to develop overseas.
Pakistan’s players are not officially banned from representing those teams and Future Tours Programme commitments – they are due to play home series against New Zealand and West Indies in early 2023 – would limit the involvement of leading internationals regardless.
There have also been preliminary talks with other boards to discuss the possibility of reciprocal arrangements regarding No-Objection Certificates (NOCs), which could see other boards release their players to appear in the PSL in exchange for the PCB granting NOCs to play in other leagues.
The emergence of the SA20 and the ILT20 could also have a significant impact on the PSL. While the leagues do not clash directly with the PSL, player salaries are substantial – particularly in the UAE, where leading overseas players stand to earn up to USD $450,000.
The depreciation of the Pakistan rupee against the US dollar is another major challenge for the PSL since overseas players’ salaries are paid in dollars. As a result, players earning the same salary in 2022 and 2023 could end up costing the league significantly more money in real terms.
While the PCB is optimistic that a number of leading overseas players will still be involved in the PSL next year, they are seen as the “garnish” that will be added to a thriving pool of local talent: Pakistan do not play international cricket during the PSL’s March window so their leading players are fully available.