The Pakistan Super League is set to clash with India’s valuable cricket league IPL in the year 2025. This is because of Pakistan’s packed home season, which sees them host the ICC Champions Trophy.
The IPL’s two and half month window will start from March and will go on till the beginning of June.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been forced to push back the 10th season of its T20 league from its regular January-February window to between March and May as the country is set to host the Champions Trophy in February 2025.
It will be the first time that a T20 League will go head-to-head with the IPL. It will be interesting to see which tournament the players, plying their trade in both leagues, pick.
The 2025 Champions Trophy will be the first ICC event to be held in Pakistan in almost 30 years.
Due to security-related issues, Pakistan had missed out on hosting top teams in the previous three Future Tours and Programmes Cycles (FTP).
However, that has changed in the latest cycle, which will see Pakistan play 13 Tests, 26 ODIs, and 27 T20Is at home in addition to the Champions Trophy, leading to a packed calendar.
“While finalizing our Future Tours Programme 2023-2027 in a tight and densely-packed cricket calendar, we have given priority to context, quality, and player workload,” PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said in a statement.
According to the FTP, the Men In Blue will play 38 Tests, 42 ODIs, and 61 T20Is in the five-year period, and focusing on the shortest format is an indicator of how priorities across formats will be changing.
(Inputs from PTI)