Amidst the virus outbreak, the former fast bowler of Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar throws a bomb at Pakistan fans saying that the owners of PSL are looking to sell their shares. He revealed that franchise owners already got offers and are looking to sell their brands with the impact of corona on the game of cricket.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 season got suspended right before the final stages of the competition, as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the globe resulted in all sporting activities incurring an unscheduled break.
I would be happy to help – Shoaib Akhtar
Speaking of the same, Shoaib Akhtar has said that the PSL is facing an economic crisis and some of the owners are looking to sell their teams. Appearing on a television show, Akhtar also claimed he didn’t see the Pakistan Super League (PSL) taking place for the next 16 to 18 months.
“I know some people wouldn’t like to hear this but some owners are looking to sell their franchisees. And, I would be more than happy to provide financial and non-monetary support to keep the PSL alive and to thrive,” Shoaib Akhtar said.
“I think if we do the math, the PSL can’t be held before 16 to 18 months. The World Cup will also take probably after eight months because time is needed for the Coronavirus issue to settle down,” he added.
I will make sure that the PSL thrives:
The former fast bowler claimed he will not allow the PSL to die and he will come forward with financial and other support to help save the T20 league. Shoaib Akhtar added that he will always be available for PSL in which way possible to make things progress smooth.
“The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don’t think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation. As far as I know, some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers. I will make sure that the PSL thrives and stays alive and it gets big brands to make progress,” he added.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for PSL. Most likely, as Shoaib Akhtar said, PSL would face financial issues, as they are always on the lookout for the sponsors.