Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have reached an agreement which will see Pakistan continue playing its home matches in the UAE.
The dispute had arisen due to a potential clash of Afghanistan Premier League with Pakistan’s home series against Australia and New Zealand. However, the ECB assured the PCB that it will not host any league during a Pakistan bilateral series or the Pakistan Super League.
In a statement released by the PCB following discussions with the ECB, following four major issues have been discussed and resolved:
PCB will continue to host its major tournaments in the UAE.
The ECB commits to a significant reduction of the costs to PCB of holding these tournaments with immediate effect.
The ECB will host a T20 and T10 League from Dec 10, 2018 to Jan 10, 2019 when there are no PCB fixtures in the UAE.
The ECB will not host any League during the time when the PCB/PSL T20/ODI fixtures are being played in the UAE.
Earlier this month, the ECB had announced it would partner a T20 cricket league in the UAE, a development the PCB was unhappy with. The PCB wanted the ECB to keep the winter window reserved exclusively for Pakistan.
Though an agreement appears to have been struck, with that proposed T20 league - as well as the T10 league, which had its inaugural edition last year - to be played between December 10 and January 10.
There are no scheduled Pakistan fixtures in that time slot. However, despite this resolution, the PCB has already decided none of its contracted players will be made available for any of these leagues.