Peshawar also to host PSL matches

Arthur backs Shadab as limited-overs captain


Peshawar has been added as a venue to host the 2020 edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) after a high level meeting took place between the PSL franchise owners and the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani on Monday.
Earlier only Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Multan were reported as the venues for the HBL PSL matches in Pakistan but now Peshawar has also been included in the list. During the meeting, the PCB has assured the franchises that it will address their grievances inorder to ensure that interests of both parties are protected.
The PCB has decided to bring entire HBL PSL to Pakistan next year but the reluctance of foreign players, to play the full season in Pakistan, had been reported as a possible hurdle in this regard. Inorder to counter this situation, the PCB and franchises have agreed to work together and convince foreign players to visit Pakistan.
The board and franchises also agreed to revisit the financial model of HBL PSL, so that a mutually beneficial system can be chalked out. The date for the next HBL PSL Governing Council meeting will also be soon announced, sources further stated.
The schedule for next season will also be finalised during the same meeting. Although it was earlier reported, that the next edition will begin on February 20 and conclude on March 22.
Meanwhile, The Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur has backed leg-spinner Shadab Khan to captain the side in the limited-overs format over the current skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. A lackluster display in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup created significant backlash against the Pakistan cricket team. Reports from the cricket committee meeting, which happened on Friday, suggest that Arthur believes Shadab would be the ideal candidate to lead the Pakistan side in the future.
The head coach however did not suggest any names for the position of Test captain. Pakistan is scheduled to face Sri Lanka in a two-Test home series later this year. The names of several players such as Shan Masood, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have come forward for the spot. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not made any statements in this regard. The position of head coach itself is under consideration. Arthur’s contract is set to expire on August 15. However an extension in his contract seems likely. Arthur has also started applying for other jobs, such as coaching England and Sri Lanka. He is being considered as one of the leading contenders for the coaching spot in England.
He already has two big achievements to his name on English soil. The first was in 2008, when he coached a South African side to a Test series victory against the hosts England while he coached Pakistan to a maiden Champions Trophy title victory in 2017 as well. The former Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq, Arthur, and Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed were called one by one to the meeting. The committee inquired about the team performance and future goals of the team. According to sources the head coach faced many tough questions some of which were not answered definitively.

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