The Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to hold the remaining matches of the PSL-5 in November, if the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic improves in the next few months, the CEO Wasim Khan said on Sunday.
The PSL was suspended on Tuesday before the semifinals after the PCB revealed that a foreign player showed symptoms of the virus, but Khan said the remaining matches may be held during the 10-day window available in November.
“But we have to first sit down and discuss the situation with all the franchise owners because there are also suggestions that Multan Sultans which topped the points table should be declared winners or to have these remaining matches before the PSL-6 early next year,” he said in a teleconference.
Khan said PCB is in a good financial health that it will not face any crisis for a year even if the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the entire world and sports globally. We have money and are not facing any financial crisis,” he said.
He also confirmed that the Board had suffered some financial losses due to the suspension of the PSL.
“Approximately our losses are around Rs 200 million due to loss of gate money and some sponsorship revenues,” he said.
He, however said the Board had earned considerably from sale of television, radio, digital media and sponsorships in the PSL.
Khan said the PCB had also suffered revenue losses of around $3 to 4 million due to the postponement of the ODI and Test match against Bangladesh which were to be held in April but have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the Board was in search of new sponsors and broadcasters for its domestic and international matches.
Khan said at the moment, Pakistan’s next commitments were tours of Ireland, the Netherlands and England from June onwards while the plans were to start the new domestic season from September-October.
“But everything will depend now how this coronavirus situation develops. It is a big challenge for all world bodies, including cricket,” he said.