Najam Sethi, the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s interim management committee, said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) had surpassed the Indian T20 League (ITL) in digital rating. He thanked the participants and the federal and provincial governments of Punjab and Sindh for the event’s success. He said this season’s PSL had a 150 overall digital rating, better than the ITL’s 130. Sethi emphasised further how the PSL has improved and helped the country’s economic situation.
The 74-year-old stated that the PCB is in talks with the relevant Karachi and Lahore authorities to construct five-star hotels for the players close to the stadiums to benefit the general public. “We have proposals to hold some matches of the league in the United States, and if we get a chance, we will explore that option,” he said.
‘The PCB would not be involved in any activities against the religion’ – Najam Sethi
A concern is raised, nonetheless, by the sponsorship of three PSL clubs by betting companies. Sethi clarified that the agreements would be reviewed as they happened before being named head of the PCB.
“PSL has contributed in keeping the country’s economic wheel moving as it created job opportunities and helped tourism, hotel industry, airlines, and road travelling business grow,” Sethi said before disclosing the taxes paid to the government. “We have paid Rs 70 crores in taxes to the federal government, Rs 50 crores in sales taxes, and another Rs 50 crores in provincial taxes,” sources reported.
“The PCB would not be involved in any activities against the religion, culture, and tradition of the land,” he added.
Sethi’s claim is a significant win for the PSL, which has gained support since its launch in 2015. The opportunity to compete with seasoned international athletes is now available to young and upcoming Pakistani athletes. In addition, the PSL was crucial in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan after years of exile driven on by security concerns. It has enhanced Pakistan’s standing abroad and revived cricket in that country.
Fans were unprepared to trust the reports and promptly mocked the league and the PCB director for their assertions. Here is how they responded:
Bhai yeah ganja mujhe bhi dilva do
— ACID (@ACID_CHEL) March 19, 2023
He actually was counting TTP attacks and not TRP ratings.
— Rainbow Salt (@Rainbowsalts91) March 19, 2023
Bc China 🇨🇳 mai log Cricket dekhte nahi, india 🇮🇳 mai log dekh nahi rahe
Rating aakhir aa kahan se rahi hai 😎 Nigeria , Uganda.. Holo lu lu se…
— 🌈 Chirkut हBB👑ناماس ཏམེ རོ♻️ (@Bombay_Viking) March 19, 2023
No Comments 😐😐😐 pic.twitter.com/IrGWFY6lZO
— Vikram Rajput (@iVikramRajput) March 19, 2023
thik hai 😥 pic.twitter.com/vrLx0BCqmY
— Anshu (@anshu62811070) March 19, 2023
I say let them dream..
They deserve it… pic.twitter.com/sZb1lVZFIv
— Adarsh Joseph Abraham (@adarsh_abraham) March 19, 2023
— Deepshikha Singh (@Deepshikhasays) March 19, 2023
— Avinashsinh Barad 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@BaradAvinash) March 19, 2023
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