Sports: Cricket: Islamabad United claims that it has also not defaulted

Karachi: Islamabad United, champion of the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), has also claimed that it is also up-to-date with all the payments and has no liabilities as far as the PCB, the PSL or any other franchise related finances are concerned.

“There has been some speculation in the media regarding the finances of various franchises involved in the PSL. Leonine Global Sports would like to announce that they are up-to-date with all the payments and have no liabilities as far as the PCB, the PSL or any other franchise related finances are concerned,” Islamabad United announced.

Earlier, Quetta Gladiators, the finalist team of both previous Pakistan Super League (PSL) editions and defending champions Peshawar Zalmi have said that they were not the franchises which have been defaulting.

“All of our accounts are clear with the board. We are not the ones that are defaulting,” a source in Quetta Gladiators told, requesting anonymity.

Meanwhile, a section of media has also quoted a PCB source that Quetta Gladiators, owned by business tycoon Nadeem Omar, have all of its accounts cleared with PCB.

Earlier, according to media reports, five out of the six franchises have not been paying their dues to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) despite PSL season three is just around the corner.

Another source said that sponsors have been irked by the news that franchises were defaulting.

“Which sponsor would strike a deal with a franchise that might lose its franchise rights?” questioned the source.

Despite Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi has tweeted on Saturday that PSL 3 is firmly on track there has been several reports that the board and PSL franchises have been on a collision course for some time that may prove dangerous for Pakistan’s biggest sports event.

Some franchises have criticized PCB for supporting T10 league in UAE as it posed a potential threat for franchises of losing its sponsors, who may have switched to new ten-over league.

Peshawar Zalmi has also announced that it has also cleared all of its payments with PCB within time and at the moment all of their energies are focused towards defending the title.

“We at Peshawar Zalmi firmly believe that Pakistan Super League is the country’s biggest sports brand. We will continue with our efforts in not only supporting this mega event but also bringing back cricket to Pakistan,” Zalmi announced.