Pakistan news January 10, 2013

Pakistan T20 League not to be underestimated - Lorgat

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Haroon Lorgat, the former ICC chief executive, has said the value of the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL), Pakistan's franchise-based Twenty20 competition, could be in "excess of $100 million". Lorgat, who was involved by the PCB to assist the board in setting up the league, was speaking during a PCB ceremony in Lahore to unveil the logo for the PSL which is scheduled to be launched on March 26 this year.

"People should not underestimate the potential of the Twenty20 league in Pakistan," Lorgat said. "With the rising popularity of T20 cricket, every ICC member country has the right to host its own professional league. Pakistan has done hardwork and I hope with foreign players' participation, perceptions about the country will change. I can see a lot of work has been done in parallel against many odds, but certainly this league will be come into reality shortly."

The PCB announced that each team in the PSL would be allowed to sign a maximum of six overseas players and would include 10 local cricketers plus two emerging players.

The tournament would be played over 15 days between five teams and would involve a total of 23 matches for the first three years. The matches will be played at a single venue, with teams playing each other twice in a league format before the top four teams qualify for semi-finals. The PCB has ambitious plans to expand the league in the fourth year to eight teams and a 59-match tournament.

Although the names of the region/city-based franchises or the list of companies interested in buying these franchises were not revealed, the PCB is hopeful of completing the franchise-auction process and signing a broadcast deal before the end of February.

"A lot of hard work has been put in place to develop the PSL," Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman said. "The objective is to recognise the growth of T20 cricket around the world, encourage our cricketers and give them the exposure to the grass-root talent in the country. It will also provide opportunity to foreign players to compete in Pakistan."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Captainman on January 13, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Nothing super about this league. 5 teams, short tournament but still have a semi final? good luck for the tournament going incident free and attracting top foreign players :)

  • dummy4fb on January 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Insha'Allah ,.,. By the Grace Of ALLAH ALMIGHTY we will conduct this league in pakistan with full passion ,.,. people are willing to see their stars in their home ground with the foreign players,.,., this will be a great move for pakistan cricket board to put attention of people outside pakistan on how we love cricket,.,. insha'Allah this will be a great success ,.,.., PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • dummy4fb on January 13, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    it is very good for pakistan cricketers the can emprove

  • dummy4fb on January 12, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    I think its really a tremendous achievement of PCB chairman but lets see how many international cricketers will play in this league bcos IPL also start in April so it mean the big name will not come in PSL.

    My best wishes for PSL

  • dummy4fb on January 11, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Well Conspiracy All Around will gonna demolished when Pakistan Super League starts. It will going to be a biggest Success Inshallah. Wait and Watch Because after every peakness there is a big slump or a downfall. Time will explain all these things. As being a Pakistani i have been waiting for this for along and cant to see this Live Action.

  • dummy4fb on January 11, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Chairman Zaka Ashraf should be appreciated and congratulated for the hard work what he is doing to bring back International cricket in the Pakistani cities, First he able to arrange limited series with India, and still trying to bring Indian team to play in our home ground, the big giant step which took by announcing the long awaited Pakistan super League which look before only on press and on paper. Hope the money which involved in such a amphibious program will be generated thru big companies who will take the and the International Players will come to play here in Pakistan, hope full-proof security will be given to all officials and players by the Punjab Government as well as by the Central Government.

  • Haseeb Shah on January 11, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    congratulation to all pakistani nation ...... inshallah we will organize this league successfully and the name of our belove country Pakistan will be glorified and all the haters of pakistan will bite the dust....... inshallah through this league foreign currency will come to our country and many thanks to Mr. Zaka Ashraf by whose hard work the name of our country has prospered !!!!!!

  • MWaqqar on January 11, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @ Bilal Raza, Haroon Lorgat is helping but I am sure with a hefty pay check. Amazing how thirsty people of Pak are for cricket. Even a remote possibility like Pak Premier excites people. There is hardly a realistic chance that investors will put up big dollars or high profile internationals will be attracted. This league will peter out as a low key domestic affair.

  • Farrukh.91. on January 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    This is how Pakistan will bargain now with Bangladesh, if they agree to send their players for SPL, only then PCB will issue NOC for BPL. I think its a good move but PCB should also try toh keep the teams levelled, not to make some strong and some week.

  • dummy4fb on January 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    To be fair, can't see Gayle's and Pollards coming in first few years but some players from Afg or Ireland with few Sri Lankan 2nd tier players will do nicely. I am very sure that matches will be held in Lahore which is the most peaceful part of country and fans are huge in numbers. Even if no one from outside comes, watching locals with a touch of glamour will attract a lot of fans. If PCB plans them right, commercial success will be huge. These days, Pakistani fans fill ground watching Multan against Rawalpindi so no worries. All of my works fellows are ready to spend whatever it takes to watch Gul bowling to Afridi or Nasir.