Since Punjab’s temporary chief minister Mohsin Naqvi reiterated that his cabinet is unwilling to back off from the security expenses for staging the tournament, the fate of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) eighth edition matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi has not yet been decided.Deadlock between PCB and Punjab govt persists over PSL security expenses
The Punjab government spent Rs600 million on the PSL the previous year, according to Naqvi, who added that “his cabinet is not willing to authorise the costs” this time. Naqvi made these remarks to media in Lahore on Friday.
Being “an interim set-up,” he said, “they cannot spend money.”
The CM denied knowing that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) intended to move the Pindi and Lahore matches to Karachi if his administration refused to pay the sum of Rs450 million.Deadlock between PCB and Punjab govt persists over PSL security expenses
The franchisees and the PCB Management Committee had earlier in the day examined the issue. It was “decided that the Rs450 million in terms of security and other expenditures would not be paid to the Punjab government,” sources informed the magazine.
According to the sources, the PCB has said that it would move the Lahore and Pindi matches to Karachi if the Punjab government continues to demand payment of the specified sum from the board.
According to the reports, this would result in financial savings for the PCB as well as the six PSL 2023 teams.
The last PSL 2023 match, between Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings, will be played on Sunday. The financial centre of Karachi has already hosted eight of the nine matches that are allotted to it.
In accordance with a pact it negotiated with the previous administration to host the PSL 2023 matches in Punjab, the PCB has already paid the Punjab government the overdue fee of Rs50 million. However, a caretaker administration headed by Mohsin Naqvi took control last month.
According to reports, moving the Pindi and Lahore matches to Karachi will benefit all parties involved and the Sindh government is not requesting any more funds from the PCB.