The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to spend a fortune to make the opening ceremony of PSL 2019 even more glorious than before, which might prove to be a mistake after all.
The board acquired the services of various local and international artists. Pitbull, a renowned singer who has featured with biggest international artists in the world, is also set to perform at the opening ceremony to be held in Dubai.
According to details, PCB is paying Rs. 100 million ($0.7 million) to Pitbull for his 10-minute cameo. This sum also includes all the expenses for him and his crew members as well.
Numerous franchise owners raised the question over paying such a heavy amount to Pitbull. Additionally, other members also suggested that PCB should have opted to stick with the local artists only.
The board, however, disagreed and claimed that Pakistan Super League (PSL) requires more global audience due to which this step has been taken.
Keeping everything aside, it is crucial to note that PSL is in its fourth season and the league still has not found a flagship sponsor. The experts believe that splashing the cash on international stars is means to attract more sponsors, which might prove to be fatal if they fail to do so.
Apart from the 38-year-old rapper, Boney M, Fawad Khan, Young Desi, Aima Baig, and Shuja Haider are also going to perform at the opening ceremony of PSL 2019.
The ceremony will be held on 14th of February at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Following the ceremony, the PSL 2019 will officially begin with a match between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.