The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is currently holding internal discussion to decide the incomplete Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020’s fate, with the option of resuming the tournament in November or declaring Multan Sultans the winners both on the table.
The PCB, according to WVPAKISTAN, is eyeing the November slot to hold the two semi-finals and the final, which had been “postponed indefinitely” last month due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
However, the publication adds, the board is cognizant of the fact that assembling the 16 overseas players and the rest of the paraphernalia for three matches could prove to be a challenge, which makes its mind wander towards taking the easy way out: declare Multan Sultans the winners as they won the round robin stage.
Both the ideas have their own sets of backers for obvious reasons.
Multan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed has sided with the idea that sees his side walk away with the PSL 2020 trophy, telling Indian news agency that concluding the tournament in November would be detrimental for the next tournament, to be played just a few months later.
“The PSL 5 has to have a proper closure and that can be done by taking into [account] the top team on the points table at the end of the league stage and declaring them winners. If the PCB doesn’t close the PSL 5 and tries to organise the remaining four or five matches including the final later this year or before the PSL 6 it will dent the hype and spoil the momentum of the next edition,” Ahmed is quoted as saying.
Franchise owner Alamgir Tareen, too, “does not see the rescheduling of the playoffs to be practical” due to logistical problems.
Lahore Qalandars co-owner views the issue in a completely different light, considering his franchise would walk away with nothing in case the PCB takes the other option.
“We believe in competing, otherwise there is no point of having playing cricket. If this is a thought process then why we playing cricket, let’s decide a winner on toss in every game we play. The ideas of deciding a winner on the basis of a team on top in the group stage will suck out all the fun,” Rana told WVPAKISTAN.
“All we have to do is find a window and we can easily afford to bring 16 players for two days on a weekend and finish the tournament on a high note.”