Lahore - The Pakistan Super League (PSL) six franchises have got the go-ahead to increase the players’ salary cap by US$25,000 in order to accommodate one more emerging player, the PCB said Monday.

With franchises opting for more foreign players in the draft held on Sunday, some emerging players missed out, raising concerns over the development of youth, which has been the stated primary aim of the league. The other concern was that the draft was held before the end of the National Twenty20 Cup, leaving no chance for outstanding players to be picked in the PSL .

The PCB confirmed that a meeting of the team officials had decided the increase in the salary cap . “All franchises unanimously decided to increase the player salary cap by US$ 25,000 allowing teams to pick a squad of 21 players for this season,” said a PCB statement. “The newly-inducted players will be from Pakistan and may include players unearthed through talent hunt programs or top performers from the National T20 Cup taking place in Rawalpindi currently.”

The PCB also stressed on the importance of talent hunts through and beyond the PSL . “The meeting was briefed about ways to streamline talent hunt programmes. A detailed plan will be chalked out in consultation with all franchise representatives to further improve the process of scouting new talent,” said the PCB.

“The problem of counterfeit merchandising was also discussed. It was decided that the League will take legal measures to clamp down on counterfeit merchandising,” added the PCB.