PSL to Clash with IPL in 2025 according to the latest future tentative windows of the tournament:
The Pakistan Super League will be the first T20 league to clash with the Indian Premier League in 2025 due to a packed home season of Pakistan in 2024-2025.
The International Cricket Council on Wednesday announced the future tour programme for the years 2023-27. After missing out on the chance to host multi-nation cricket at home in the previous three FTP cycles – since 2009 – because of security-related issues, all full members, with the exception of India, will tour Pakistan over the next four years, which will be a big boost for International Cricket in Pakistan in this period.
As per the announced programme, Pakistan will be playing 27 Tests, including 13 at home, as part of the ICC World Test Championship cycles, 26 home ODIs out of a total of 47, and 27 home T20Is out of a total of 56. Pakistan will also be seen hosting the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 and an Asia Cup. The PCB will also host two triangular ODI series – a rarity these days – at home: with South Africa and New Zealand in February 2025, and with England and Sri Lanka in 2026.
The packed schedule also forced the Pakistan Cricket Board to adjust the future windows for the Pakistan Super League .The IPL’s extended window in the international calendar starts in March every year, all the way to the beginning of June and with Pakistan hosting the Champions Trophy in February 2025, the 10th edition of the Pakistan Super League is set to clash with the IPL in March-May 2025, as per the tentative window announced by the PCB, with the next edition to take place fewer than seven months later, in December 2025-January 2026 before the league returns back to its normal window of January-February for the 12th edition in 2027.
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The chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Faisal Hasnain, on this occasion in his statement said : “The certainty and clarity around our home bilateral fixtures until 2027 provides us with the platform to put together a robust commercial programme, so that we can optimise the exploitation of our commercial rights. This will enable us to hopefully increase our revenues and channel these back into further development of our cricket, all across from our grassroots talent hunt to our international playing facilities.”
“While finalising our Future Tours Programme 2023-2027, in a tight and densely-packed cricket calendar, we have given priority to context, quality, and player workload.We have also tried to find an appropriate balance across all the three formats so that these continue to co-exist meaningfully.”
Furthermore, Mr Hasnain stated that : “I am sure that our cricket fans will be delighted to know that top-ranked and attractive sides such as Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will visit Pakistan to compete in matches for the ICC World Test Championship.”
“Additionally, Afghanistan, Australia, Ireland and Zimbabwe will also tour Pakistan for the white-ball matches, which means 10 of the 12 ICC full members will play cricket in Pakistan during the four-year period. This is exciting.”
Concluding his statement, Hasnain stated : “We are also mindful that our sides must be provided with the best preparation opportunities so that they perform strongly in ICC competitions. Accordingly, this has also been an integral part of our strategy around scheduling, as we have scheduled appropriate international matches in the lead-up to the ICC events.”
“Furthermore, and in line with our vision for triangular ODI series to contribute in increasing excitement and attracting greater audiences, we have so far scheduled two tri-series, in February 2025 and October/November 2026, involving New Zealand and South Africa, and England and Sri Lanka, respectively. This is also something for the fans to look forward to”.