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PCB forms bid committees for Super League and series rights

The Pakistan Cricket Board has formed two bid committees to oversee the sale of media rights to two forthcoming series and the Pakistan Super League, the PCB’s new Twenty20 competition.

The PCB is seeking bids from broadcasters or companies of “international repute” for the media rights to the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand, which will take place from October to December in the United Arab Emirates.

The bid committee for the rights will be chaired by former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani.

Earlier this month, the PCB placed advertisements on its website and in some newspapers inviting bids for media rights, along with management rights, sponsorship rights, team franchise rights, ticket rights and merchandising rights to the planned PSL.

The PCB has been attempting to launch the league for two years, with its inaugural edition currently scheduled to be held in December 2014 and January 2015 in the UAE.

The PCB said: “Last year, the PCB’s plans to organise PSL had to be shelved due to various reasons. This year the PCB has, after a thorough review of the modalities, decided to adopt the outright sale model and in this regard an advertisement in local and international newspapers has been published inviting parties to acquire the bids for the PSL rights which is tentatively scheduled in December 2014 and January 2015.”

The bid committee formed for the PSL rights will be headed by former PCB chief executive and cricket commentator Chishty Mujahid.