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Pakistan seek Lorgat's help for launching T20 league

Umar Farooq

November 15, 2012

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Haroon Lorgat speaks to the media after the ICC executive board meeting, Dubai, April 16, 2012
Lorgat: 'I can see that there is a lot of energy to get this league off the ground' © Getty Images
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Haroon Lorgat, the former ICC chief executive, will be assisting the Pakistan Cricket Board in setting up the proposed Twenty20 league, contributing at a strategic level to ensure the board is headed in the right direction.

Lorgat, who was headed to Sri Lanka, stopped over at Lahore after the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf invited him for his expert opinions on launching the league in March next year.

"It's not a long time from now to then but there is still a lot of planning and work has been done and a lot to be done but I can see that there is a lot of energy to get this league off the ground," Lorgat said at the PCB headquarters. "Cricket is a growing game and Twenty20 cricket seems to have taken roots and I am pleased to see the progress the PCB has made in that respect."

He served as the ICC chief executive for four years before stepping down at the end of June. He has been assisting Sri Lanka Cricket as a special advisor to help the board revamp its domestic cricket structure and improve the administration of cricket in the country. The PCB, however, didn't offer him a permanent role.

"At this stage (I am supporting the PCB) at a strategic level, ensuring that the details are being attended to and that the concept (for the league model) is correct," Lorgat said. "With my experience in dealing with sponsors, broadcasters, setting up models, the kind of objective and the financial matters are the level where I am contributing at the moment. It appears like the PCB has already done a lot in linking with the member boards and interactions have been made with the international players as well."

Lorgat sees the proposed premier league as a stepping-stone for the revival of international cricket in the country and said it needed to exploit the shortest format of the game on a commercial scale. International sides have refused to tour Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore in March 2009. Last month, a World XI side played two unofficial T20s against a combined Pakistan XI in Karachi.

"Twenty20 cricket is certainly an attraction, lots of new audiences are coming and a lot of exciting players are coming into it. I can recall a few years back even players didn't consider it as a serious form of the game. So on one front Pakistan should not be left out. They should have a league of the highest professional standard and there are commercial opportunities and the PCB is looking to exploit that."

So far, Bangladesh is the only full member board to give Pakistan a positive response in breaking the ice, towards the revival of international cricket. "You do lots of little things to grow in confidence, you will get those interested in coming to Pakistan and the league will go a long way in securing the confidence that cricket can be played in Pakistan.

"It's a good stepping-stone, if international players come in personal capacity to play. Many of them can experience it themselves that cricket can be played at a secured venue and there's no reason why they can't convince the member boards to send their national teams."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by ra_tokyo on (November 18, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Be it test, ODI or 20-20s, Pakistan should play in premier leagues / international matches / national matches in UAE (Sharjah). They are the most unsafe nation now and will be for a long time.

Posted by TendulkarDgr8 on (November 18, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

Good to see PCB taking some positive steps to bring back International cricket to Pakistan instead of just whining about it... But everyone in Pak should understand that it wont be an overnight thing.. It takes time to instill confidence in players after what has happened... According to my predictions the first couple of seasons of the league might not see big names from different countries but if PCB is patient enough it will definitely improve with time...

Posted by deadite11 on (November 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

It will become a deadleague where only local pakistani players can be played, overseas players will be from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka only. It will be par below BPL and SLPL.

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (November 17, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

best of luck Pakistan hope it will be ice breaking

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 3:40 GMT)

All the cricket loving ppl must support Pakistan with their full efforts to revive again the international cricket.

Posted by Aura123 on (November 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

PCB is taking the right steps to the right direction. Good luck

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

If Pk offers the right kind of money, international players would be interested. I dont see players from WI, SL, SA & BD having any problems coming to Pakistan. Rest of the teams will take a while. Its a short tournament, hardly 2 weeks so should be fun.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Yup,Pak should start a t20 leauge ASAP.should follow the Bigbash's foreign quota rule.only 2 foreign player in XI.Best of luck Pak...And BPL,IPL should also reduce their foreign quota!

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 16, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

doubt if any elite intl star wud go there

Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (November 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

nice to see Lorgat revaealing some kindness towards Pak cricket.. hoping he will succeed along with hard-working pcb in bringing back cricket to pak inshaALLAH! @syed_imran_abbasi: waseem is just busy in accumulating money,money and money and for that he looks more towards arch rivals indians.. only those who are sincere enough for pak more than anything will be welcomed for this purpose! Ahsan

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