Middlesex have gone from pushing boundaries to crossing boundaries after starting talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board about the possibility of setting up a team in the Pakistan Super League, a high-profile Twenty20 competition in the country. It looks like it’s ready to make an intriguing move.
Discussions so far have been positive, but it is still in the preliminary stages and there is no prospect of Middlesex participating in this year’s competition, which starts next month. The tournament runs from mid-February to late March, conveniently held during the pre-season preparation period for the English counties and, if negotiations are successfully concluded, will become part of Middlesex from 2024. may become.
“PCB is interested in including overseas domestic teams in the PSL and we have had discussions with them,” Middlesex chief executive Andrew Cornish told Cricketer. “These negotiations have been very positive and we expect them to continue in the coming weeks.”
PCB is willing to waive fees other teams have had to pay to enter the competition. This is a consideration of the potential commercial opportunities presented by the involvement of the UK’s leading counties. PSL will be broadcast in the UK by Sky under his three-year contract agreed for 2021.
Middlesex have only won England’s domestic T20 tournament once, and given that their only success came 15 years ago, they seem unlikely targets for PCB. It was the only time they made it past the quarterfinals. Last year he lost 10 of 14 games and finished eighth out of nine teams in the Southern Group.
They had more success in first-class cricket, winning promotion to Division 1 in the County Championship, and their team was strengthened by the recruitment of Pakistan’s highest-profile player, Shaheen Shah Afridi. Lord’s has some of the most prestigious and prestigious homes, and reciprocal eventing opportunities may form part of the discussion.