Pakistan Super League news January 24, 2013

PCB brings in international officials for PSL


The PCB has confirmed the inclusion of former ICC match referee Mike Procter and former elite panel umpires Russell Tiffin and Rudi Koertzen for the upcoming Pakistan Super League, a Twenty20 tournament starting on March 25.

"Apart from Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf [who are from Pakistan], three other esteemed international match officials have confirmed their participation," the PCB said in a statement. "In addition, preparation is proceeding apace in all other aspects and the team is well on track with its plans for broadcasters and sponsorship."

Although the PCB hasn't named the foreign players to take part in the event, the addition of the three match officials is a notable scoop, after FICA's advice to players not to travel to Pakistan because of security concerns.

Procter, who stood down as an ICC match referee in 2008 to become Cricket South Africa's convener of selectors, last visited Pakistan in June that year to officiate the Asia Cup matches.

"I am delighted to announce that I have agreed to be one of the Match Referees in the upcoming Pakistan Super League," Procter was quoted as saying by PCB. "I was approached by the PSL management team and after due consideration, I am looking forward to being a part of this exciting event in Pakistan.

"It is unfortunate that Pakistan and its fans do not currently enjoy their beloved international cricket stars at home and this cannot remain so. I am willing to get involved, and to help change perceptions about cricket being played in Pakistan."

Tiffin, a Zimbabwean umpire, was part of ICC's elite panel of umpires from 1995, and his last assignment in the country was to officiate Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan in 2003. "I have been to Pakistan before on cricketing assignments and I am keen to take part in the PSL," Tiffin said. "With the talent we know that exists in Pakistan, I am sure this competition will be quite a spectacle and I cannot wait to be a part of it.

"I know about the challenges that Pakistan cricket faces and I know from my own experiences at home how perceptions can cloud the realities. I am confident that the PCB can deliver a safe and secure event."

Tiffin last officiated an international match in 2009, and since then has been engaged with ICC tournaments featuring associate teams.

The other umpire Koertzen stood in 209 ODIs, a record, and in 108 Tests before retiring in 2010. On accepting the offer, he said: "We all know that Pakistan is going through a trying phase and we in the cricket family need to do what we can to help. It remains a very vibrant cricketing nation that always impresses us with its resilience. I have never had any problem umpiring in Pakistan, and I am actually looking forward to go over and catch up with old friends."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Murtaza on January 26, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    @Rezaul, I think you are a BPL supporter,No one is saying that PSL is already a success but the inclusion of these gentlemen is just a stepping stone. and one more thing , the grounds wont be empty during PSL as they are during BPL.

  • Saad on January 26, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    all my good wishes are with PCB and Zaka Ashraf.. May Allah enable us to host these people in the best possible way... Ameen... can't wait for PSL to Launch and astonish the world with its sheer class and talent... only request to PCB is to find a world class broadcaster... dont ruin PSL with PTV or GEO...

  • Farrukh on January 26, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Many Many thank you to Mike,Russell and dear old Rudi PCB should invite FICA and tim may to visit PAkistan to make any comments............

  • Farrukh on January 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Slow & steady win the race ......PSL will make history Inshallah and it will crose Big Bash , IPL in near future..... very soon IPL will flope and PSL will rise and well known acrose the world cricket.....Inshallah

  • Tahir on January 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    PCB is doing its very best to resume international cricket in Pakistan and PSL is a very good initiative in this direction. I wish them all the best and hope it will be a greatsuccess. It's a great opportunity for all the currently playing international players who want to support Pakistan (with the exception of a few) to stand up and come to Pakistan to participate in the short period PSL and earn plenty in return. PSL should extend their offer to all boards, even BCCI, unlike them, to participate in the PSL. Best of luck PCB and PSL.

  • Rezaul on January 26, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    There should not be any big fuss on signing two former umpire and ICC official. I would say a big step if they can sign any current international player or ICC official. The success of so called/proposed PSL is still in dream.

  • kaka on January 25, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    a big thank you to Mike,Russell and dear old Rudi, and thanks to every one and any one with positive comments, and less said about FICA and tim may the better.

  • Jawwad on January 25, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Barring security concerns, both fabricated and real, most cricketers want to play if not in Pakistan at least with Pakistanis. It's commonly known Pakistani cricketers are pretty talented ad handy (stints with county cricket and leagues around the world to name a few, 'for some reason IPL doesn't hold similar views') and to gauge one's own strength you play with the best. I can't say what happens in PSL, but I guarantee the level of cricket and gamesmanship will be all the way to the top. Also, thank you for many many encouraging and supporting comments from across the globe. It's not about the money. All we really want is cricket and it's stars in Pakistan so we can compete with the best at a consistent level, win laurels and be able to feel the home advantage that every other team enjoys.

  • rai on January 25, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    InshAllah i will come from faisalabad to watch atleast 3 days of PSL

  • Arif on January 25, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Great move ....If the foreign players dont show up these foriegn umpires can be added to team to give it a successful look;)

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