Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka batsman, has enrolled for the draft of the franchise-based T20 tournament Pakistan Super League (PSL). Sangakkara has also registered for another franchise-based T20 tournament – Masters Champions League (MCL) – that is expected to run concurrently with the PSL but at different venues in the UAE.
The inaugural PSL will feature five franchise-based teams from the provincial capitals – Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – with prize money of $1 million. The tournament is scheduled to run from February 4 to 24 in Dubai and Sharjah, and will feature 24 matches.
The PCB has signed over 100 players, including big names such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Pietersen and Shakib Al Hasan, for the draft. The board will also hold an open auction for the five franchises and broadcast rights for the tournament in due course. The players will be picked via a draft set for December.
“Sangakkara is a world-class sportsman and we are excited to welcome him on board,” Najam Sethi, the head of PSL, said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the PSL. His inclusion makes the player draft even more exciting.”
While the PSL has announced the window for the event, the MCL is presently sorting its dates, which are likely to overlap with the former’s.
“Both Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have committed to the MCL, and also agreed to play the PSL,” the players’ management team said. “Their understanding is that the date clash has been minimised, and that now only three-six days of the PSL overlap with the MCL. Since the MCL is the prior commitment, they will prioritise playing in that tournament over the PSL matches, should there be a clash.”
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent. @kalson
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