The PCB had already announced that a women’s PSL (Pakistan Super League) will be introduced on the lines of men’s PSL. A proposal for this has been prepared. According to the proposal, it is known that the women’s PSL matches will be played during the eighth edition of the men’s PSL. While the women’s matches will take place in the afternoon, the men’s games will take place in the night.
This structure is similar to what was followed in the inaugural Hundred tournament in England last year. By having the men’s and women’s matches on the same day and at the same venue, the broadcasting and other infrastructure can be easily taken care of. The PCB intends to use the popularity of the men’s PSL to give an impetus to the inaugural edition of the women’s PSL.
Just like any other global cricket league, Women’s PSL will see foreign players featuring in the competition. As per the reports, every team can have up to four foreign players in the playing XI and two U19 players will be a compulsory part of the line-up. Women cricketers from different countries including Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa have expressed their willingness to become a part of the women’s PSL.
The eighth edition of the PSL will take place in 2023 and so will the inaugural edition of women’s PSL. The women’s league is likely to be a four-team affair. With respect to the scheduling of the women’s PSL, at the moment, there are two windows being considered, one is in late March 2023 and the second in the month of May. The men’s PSL will be held somewhere from late February to late March next year. It is more likely that the women’s PSL will take place around the end of March 2023 given that it will coincide with the business end of the men’s PSL and the weather will be relatively better than that in May.
Other details including team names and squads will be finalized at the later date. Women’s PSL will certainly provide a big boost to Pakistan’s women’s cricket and encourage more girls to take up the sport. PCB will also get a big pool of players through the tournament and help them in building a stronger national side.
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