According to the reports, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has delayed the World Cup 2023 from February-March window to October-November on the request of Ehsan Mani, PCB’s chief, in order to accommodate the eight edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Along with making the decision on postponing the World Cup 2023, the global cricket body also has canceled the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 that was all set to be staged at Australia by 18th October.
ICC has postponed World Cup 2023 to accommodate PSL on PCB’s chief request: Reports
“This means that now the international window in Feb-March is free for the next three years. That’s the window PCB had always chosen to hold the PSL.
“The PCB chairman garnered support from various ICC Board members to ensure that there is a proper window available for the PSL on the international calendar,” the source told The News, Pakistan.
As per the reports, PCB will now be able to resume their T20 league in full swing after requesting ICC to cancel the World Cup then. Also, there are no bilateral series scheduled for February-March 2023 which will enhance the production and marketing attracting foreign players towards themselves.
“The Board may not be on the brink of bankruptcy but it is going to face the crunch unless it manages substantial media and commercial rights deals. The fact that PSL has a window available for 2021, 2022, and 2023 editions means that PCB is now in a much better position to sell the rights,” the source further added.
It is to be noted that after the cancelation of the T20 World Cup 2020, BCCI is able to hold their cash-rich T20 league, IPL, in the full swing in September-November.