Pakistan Junior League T20: PCB to manage all six teams of its junior T20 league after failing to attract bids for team rights
After failing to sell the team rights, the Pakistan Cricket Board has chosen to manage all six teams in the Pakistan Junior League T20.
The first-ever PJL will take place from October 6–21 with the teams run directly by the board, the board stated on Tuesday.
The board also announced that Javed Miandad, a former captain of Pakistan, would serve as the league’s mentor. And that Sir Vivian Richards, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy, Colin Munro, Shahid Afridi. Also Shoaib Malik would serve as coaches for each of the six teams.
The board initially announced the sale of the six franchise rights and invited offers. But none of the prospective buyers could match the reserve price the board set.
“We know that since this is a first ever junior T20 international league obviously sponsors. And bidders are a bit skeptical about its commercial value and future. But the PCB believes the league will become a successful commercial property after a few seasons,” an official source in the board said to PTI.
Furthermore, the PCB was unable to secure the necessary reserve pricing for the broadcasting rights of the competition. That will now be televised by the PCB and PTV, the country’s official public broadcaster.
The PCB has informed that the player draught for the competition will take place on September 6 in Lahore. Soon, specifics regarding the draught process will be released.
PCB CEO Faisal Hasnain said; Outside Pakistan, over 140 players from Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, Nepal, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Scotland, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates have completed their registrations for the tournament.
“There is tremendous interest within and outside Pakistan about this league. And we have maintained that momentum by today confirming the city names and their mentors.
“The six cities mirror our domestic cricket structure. This will not only provide talented teenagers with opportunities to showcase their talent to the world. But will also encourage them to play quality cricket in an environment they have never faced before,” he said.