PCB opts for innovative approach, to use 'show of hands' for deciding first pick of PSL 5 draft
Show of hands or 'pugam' is a street cricket technique to decide the order of play. Children often use this method to decide which player/team will bat/bowl first or pick first. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), will now be using this 'desi' technique to decide who gets to make the first pick at the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 5 draft.
The PSL 5 draft is scheduled to be held in mid-November, although the exact dates are yet to be confirmed. As all the franchise representatives will arrive at the venue for the draft, they will do a 'show of hands' before making the first pick.
It isn't the first time that a franchise league will be seen opting for a different approach to decide the order of an event. The Big Bash League in Australia earlier saw the coin toss being replaced by bat flip during the season 2018 matches.
As for the PSL Season 5, the matches will begin on February 20, 2020 and the final will be held on March 22. Unlike the past few seasons, this edition of the league will reportedly be played entirely in Pakistan.
The country recently successfully hosted Sri Lanka for a 3-match T20I and 3-match ODI series and the board aims to not have their team play home matches in UAE anymore.
The Pakistan Super League has been in the shadows of bigger franchise-based cricket leagues across the globe like the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League. While there undeniably remains great interest in the sport within the country, the PSL is yet to match the level hit by IPL or BBL.