If we take the PSL to auction model, increase the purse, then I’ll put it in the IPL bracket: Ramiz Raja

Raja also talked about the growth of women's cricket in Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has set his goals clear regarding the future of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The former cricketer has plans to shift the tournament from the draft system to the auction model from the upcoming edition. The tournament saw the daylight in 2016 and since then, the players have been picked through the draft system.

Raja said that once the auction system comes into play and the purse of the franchises increases, the PSL could give the Indian Premier League (IPL) a run for its money. Ramiz Raja clearly stated that the PSL needs to develop financially to be spoken of in the same breath as that of the IPL.

Ramiz Raja speaks on PSL matching the standards of IPL

“This is a game of money. When the cricket economy grows in Pakistan, our respect will rise. The main driver of that financial economy is the PSL. If we take the PSL to auction model, increase the purse, then I’ll put it in the IPL bracket. And then we’ll see who goes to play the IPL over the PSL,” Raja said.

The IPL, on the other hand, came to the fore way back in 2008 and has seen plenty of changes over the years. Back in February, the mega auction took place and a number of players from around the world went under the hammer. Prior to that the player retentions also took place.

Two new teams, the Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans, are also set to take part this time. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will kick off proceedings on March 26 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Raza, in the meantime, also spoke about the growth of women’s cricket in the country. Earlier this month, he gave the green signal for the Women’s PSL to take place from next season. He was also of the opinion that women’s cricketers need to play more in order to keep improving.

The Pakistan Women’s national team, led by Bismah Maroof, has had a disastrous campaign in the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand. Having lost all four of their matches, they are placed at the bottom of the points table.

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