Najam Sethi, the current chairman of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), is poised to replace Shaharyar Khan as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as it emerged that the third season of the Twenty20 tournament will have a much greater presence in its home country next year.
The news came following the PCB’s annual general meeting in Lahore. Khan’s current three-year term at the helm of the PCB is due to end in August and he has said he will not seek re-election.
Sethi (pictured right of centre), who currently serves as chairman of the PCB’s Executive Committee, has driven the development of the PSL and was unanimously backed to succeed Khan (pictured left of centre) at the helm of the PCB following the end of the incumbent’s term.
The final of the 2017 PSL was successfully held in Lahore in March. The game had been called into question amid renewed security worries in Pakistan, but ultimately saw Peshawar Zalmi defeat the Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs to claim the title.
The final of the T20 tournament was played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, which is also the head office of both the PCB and PSL. The United Arab Emirates hosted the majority of this season’s PSL having served as the PCB’s home-from-home for international matches, as well as the league, following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.
Sethi has now said he is targeting eight games in Pakistan next year, four apiece in Lahore and Karachi, as part of ongoing efforts to return top-level cricket to the country.
“This time around we are going to hold eight matches in Pakistan,” Sethi said, according to Pakistani newspaper the Express Tribune. “Two double-headers will take place in Karachi and two double-headers will take place in Lahore.”
He further added that as many as 30 national and international parties have interest in the ongoing tender process for a sixth PSL franchise.