The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to become the first franchise Twenty20 league to clash with the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in the summer of 2025. After getting the hosting rights for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is forced to push the 10th edition of the PSL to March-May window.
The two and a half month window for the IPL starts from March and goes on till the beginning of June while the PSL takes place in the starting two months of the year. Pakistan will be hosting the Champions Trophy in 2025 after almost 30 years. However, the PCB has to shift their T20 franchise league between March-May to host the ICC event in February 2025.
Due to their packed calendar, Pakistan Cricket are forced to push back the PSL to become the first franchise cricket league to clash with the lucrative IPL. PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said in a statement, "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."
Earlier, Pakistan had missed out on hosting any bilateral series or ICC events in the previous three Future Tours and Programmes Cycles (FTP) due to security concerns. According to the latest ICC FTP cycles, Pakistan will play 13 Tests, 26 ODIs and 27 T20Is at home along with hosting the Champions Trophy.