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Ramiz eyes ‘elevate the concept’ of PSL to compete with IPL



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The Pakistan Super League, which has used a draft system since its creation, could abandon it as early as next year, with PCB chairman Ramiz Raja eager to replace it with an auction.

Ramiz stated at the National Stadium in Karachi that the PSL needed to "elevate the concept," and that an auction mechanism may give it the financial muscle to compete with the IPL.

"We need to create new properties to be financially independent. We have nothing for now but the PSL and ICC funds. There's an argument over the model from next year; I want to switch it to an auction model from next year. The market forces are conducive, but we'll sit down with the franchise owners to discuss it” Raja said.

"This is a game of money. When the cricket economy grows in Pakistan, our respect will rise. The main driver of that financial economy is the PSL. If we take the PSL to auction model, increase the purse, then I'll put it in the IPL bracket. And then we'll see who goes to play the IPL over the PSL" he added.

Ramiz also said the PCB wanted to host the PSL across more than the two venues it was played at over this season, going so far as to say the league might adopt a home-away structure from next year.

"We want the PSL to be on a home and away basis from next year. The gate money will be excellent, and we want to elevate the concept of the PSL.”