PSL 8 Replacement Draft postponed to January 25

Power outage on Monday was the reason behind the decision

January 24, 2023
Franchises have asked PCB for additional time to finalise their choices — PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has postponed the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Replacement Draft for season eight to January 25 after power outage plunged the country into darkness on Monday.

Earlier, the replacement draft was set to be held on January 24 but the franchises have asked PCB for additional time to finalise their choices.

“The franchises have asked for one more day due to yesterday’s power outage,” a PCB spokesperson said.

Earlier, on the request of the franchises, the PCB had agreed to increase the number of players per side to 20, allowing each franchise to pick two additional Supplementary players. The Supplementary players will be picked in the Replacement Draft, which will take now place on Wednesday, January 25.

The opening ceremony of PSL 8 will be held in Multan on February 13 prior to the tournament opener between 2021 winners Multan Sultans and defending champions Lahore Qalandars; closing ceremony and final on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host play-offs.

Lahore Qalandars will attempt to become the first side to win back-to-back titles; meanwhile Islamabad United will aim to become the most successful side by lifting the trophy thrice.

Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans and Islamabad United will play five home matches each — one against each side.

Rawalpindi will stage 11 fixtures, Karachi and Lahore will host nine matches each, whereas Multan will have five home games.

Rawalpindi will host the only double-header on March 7 when Peshawar Zalmi will play Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United will take on Multan Sultans.

More than 36 foreign players representing 10 T20I playing countries will be in action in the 34-day, 34-match tournament.