Published:  01:16 AM, 12 August 2017

CPL, PSL in talks to collaborate for annual series

The Caribbean Premier League is in talks with the Pakistan Super League to create an annual series of matches between the winners of the two leagues. The CPL hopes that the idea will give the league more context and ultimately make it more commercially viable, reports cricbuzz.

It is envisaged that the series, which could could be launched next year, would feature three matches between the champions of the two leagues, to take place just before the 2018 CPL season. The United States is viewed as an attractive location to stage the games, given the large number of cricket fans from both Pakistan and the Caribbean there.

"It would make the most sense, to have a three-game series over four days," said Pete Russell, the chief operating officer of the CPL. "You have to look into all the practicalities - the commercial viability of it. The US would be a great place to play games like that. There's definitely a feeling here that there's a great Pakistani community, and obviously a great Caribbean community as well, so it'd be an interesting place to play it, wouldn't it?"

The potential size of the TV audience for such matches means that the broadcasting rights could be of significant value, and therefore help to make the CPL, which has lost money in each of its four full seasons and expects to do so again this year, self-sustainable.

"Why wouldn't we do it? It seems to be a good opportunity. We are always looking to evolve here and that is definitely something on our wishlist," Russell said. "It's a big thing to sort out but we're a progressive bunch here.

-AA Sports Desk

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