Here are some of the stories making the headlines in the world of cricket just now.
Pakistan Super League
The 2023 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is due to begin on February 13, with the two finalists from last year, the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans facing each other in the season opener in Multan.
Consisting of 34 games in all, the tournament will also be staged in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
The PSL will be held over two legs, with Multan and Peshawar staging the initial games, before the actions switches to Karachi and Lahore for the remainder.
The play-off games and the final itself – which will take place on March 19th – will be staged at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Among the overseas stars committed to play in the PSL this year are Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand, England World Cup winner Adil Rashid, the Sri Lankan duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Australian Matthew Wade.
This will be the eight edition of the PSL, and will once again feature six franchises.
Whilst ambitious attempts to launch a female equivalent this year have had to be shelved, that does not mean the idea is off the table altogether. In an attempt to create interest in such a venture for the future, there PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) will stage three exhibition games featuring women cricketers.
Featuring two teams composed of both local and overseas players, they will play their games in Rawalpindi between March 8th and 11th.
Huge corporate interest in new Women’s League
Over 30 companies have expressed an interest in buying one of the franchises for the new Indian women’s T20 league, which is due to begin in March.
That is according to sources who reveal who has paid the necessary fee and taken the Invitation to Bid tender document.
Whilst there are many familiar names among them, including the owners of the franchises of the men’s T20 league, there are also some less well-known companies who are set to enter the fray, include the and sweet firm, Haldiram.
Manchester United’s owner Joel Glazer, has also expressed an interest.
The auction itself will be held in Mumbai on January 25th.
Revenue share and salary cap
Following the sale of the media rights to Viacom 18 for the first five years of the new league cycle, greater clarity has been provided on the revenue share for each team.
The side that finishes first will receive Rs 28.08, with the four remaining sides getting Rs 27.20, RS 26.33, Rs 25.45 and Rs 24.57, depending on the order in which they finish.
The salary cap for the first year will be Rs 12 crore, which will increase by increments of 1.5 crore each year, thereafter, until a ceiling of Rs 18 crore is reached in 2027,at which point the cycle, including the negotiation of the broadcast rights) will start again.
Contrary to previous indications, it now looks like all the matches will take place in Mumbai for the first year.
The league is tentatively scheduled to take place between March 4th and 26th. Teams will be allowed to field five overseas players in their starting XI, with the proviso that at least one of them should come from an Associate Member Country.
MCC changes non-striker run-out law wording
Following a controversial decision in a recent Big Bash League game (BBL) the MCC has amended the wording of the law regarding the run-out of non-strikers. The incident saw Adam Zampa attempt to run out Tom Rogers at the bowling end, who had backed up too far down the wicket.
However, on the basis that Zampa’s arm had already gone past the point from which it was deemed to have been released, the TV umpire adjudged it not out.
The MCC acknowledged that the decision was correct, but that the current wording left some scope for ambiguity.
It was never the intention of the Law to allow a Run Out to happen at any time in such circumstances, nor had it ever been interpreted in such a way by body responsible for setting the laws of the game.
It is now hoped that this will make everything much clearer for everyone – players, match officials, and spectators.
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