Pakistan aims to launch women’s version of PSL

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The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that they are planning to launch a women’s version of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The newly-appointed chairman Ramiz Raja, the former opening dough and prominent commentator, also outlined more imminent plans for a U19 version of the highly successful short-format competition.

The flagship men’s franchise tournament in the country was introduced in 2016, initially with five competing teams before the addition of Multan Sultans a year later.

Sultans won the 2021 PSL under former English head coach Andy Flower.

Raja also said he hopes his organization can beat other competing Asian countries with a women’s competition and be the first cricket board in the competition to launch a women’s franchise tournament.

“In October next year, we will launch a U-19 PSL,” Raja said said in a video posted on Twitter. “It’s very exciting because it’s never happened anywhere else.”

“I also have the women’s PSL in mind. We will be the first cricket board in Asia to launch it. “

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the organizers of the Indian Premier League, has made slow progress with a full-fledged women’s version of the highly successful tournament hosting a three-team, four-match competition called the Women’s T20 Challenge in 2019 and 2020 together with IPL.

Prominent Indian female cricketers, including all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur and leading international running scorer Mithali Raj, have called on BCCI to launch an IPL for women.

England and Australia players have each been able to develop in domestic franchise tournaments, with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) now in its seventh season in Australia.

England women had meanwhile competed in the Kia Super League until the launch of The Hundred this summer.

Raja was elected without opposition as chairman of PCB in September, but has since seen prominent CEO Wasim Khan leave the organization.

Raja held meetings this week with Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), to discuss future plans for matches between the two nations, after the 59-year-old was left “seriously disappointed” by England’s decision to to withdraw. out at short notice of a planned tour of Pakistan shortly after Raja’s appointment.

The tour was to include furniture between the male and female sides of the two countries and was to be England’s first visit to the country in 15 years.

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