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Pakistan offer $2m life insurance deal

Umar Farooq

January 24, 2013

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Nasir Jamshed plays the pull, India v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chennai, December 30, 2012
Players like Nasir Jamshed could earn over $100,000 tax free in the 10-day Pakistan Super League © BCCI

Pakistan have offered an insurance policy of $2 million and tax-free income for foreign cricketers who are thinking of participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Pakistan have not hosted international cricket since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. Since then they have had to play their "home" matches at offshore venues such as England and the UAE. The idea of having a PSL in the country is a strategic move by the PCB to win back the confidence of cricketing nations.

But the world professional cricketers' union FICA has raised its concerns over the security situation in Pakistan and warned players against taking part in the PSL, citing it an unmanageable risk. "We understand their concerns and we can't blame them," Zaka Ashraf, PCB chairman, told ESPNcricinfo. "It's the negative perception about Pakistan that has to be changed and people should understand that things are not so bad.

"But for their sense of security we are offering an optional insurance policy worth $2 million for the satisfaction of their families. They will be our special guests and we are ensuring every possible step to give them security at a higher level and if they think this isn't enough they can take the insurance option as well."

Cricket operations in Pakistan aren't tax exempted but the PCB is offering residential and non-residential players tax-free income from the PSL. Apart from the "emerging" players, they stand to earn between $25,000 and $100,000 for taking part in a 10-day tournament. The base price for the top category diamond player starts at $100,000.

"Government is ready to grant us the exemption on income of the PSL and it's an added advantage of our product for the players to earn tax free income," Ashraf said. "We are offering the most money compared to the other leagues in the world. In ten days you can get the most out of it before going to the IPL starting in April."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Dunwall on (January 26, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Everyone is acting like pcb is actually giving an extra $2m to the players! As I understand, PCB is NOT giving away this works like any other insurances (without the tax-free bit), i.e. if something happen to a cricketer, than the families of the cricketer will get the money otherwise NOT...which, in my opinion and @kc69, sends out a dark massage indeed..

Posted by CRICOTIME on (January 26, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

it's a good move for both PSL & Cricketers. infact the amount psl offering to cricketers is much of their good sake. earning up to a million just in 10 days. A week of t20 almost!

Posted by InamKhattak60 on (January 26, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Nice move PCB, indeed a great step taken. Hope cricket would return to us.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 26, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

PCB is desperate because if PPP wants to come in power for another term, they need to get international cricket back in the country.

Posted by Engr.TahirShah on (January 26, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

@KC69: My friend, $2Million is not a small amount that PCB will flow away into the river. It's just in the extreme worst situation which may occur anywhere in the world, be it Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, India etc. PCB doesn't call international players to killed in Pakistan, instead they want the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and this is a wonderful step forward. I wish PCB all the best in all its efforts for resumption of international cricket and PSL as well. They will provide security of the highest level, as mentioned by Mr. Zaka Ashraf for the security of the players and it's only a ten day tournament, so they will surely provide security of the highest level to all the players and officials and spectators as well. I hope PSL kiss the heights of success and well done PCB and Mr. Zaka for ur efforts for resumption of international cricket in our country. Wesh u all the best.

Posted by TopOrder_ on (January 26, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Being Pakistani and a cricket fan, i would suggest to host any foreigner or team not before 2014. I guess the situation of security will start improving from 2014. We want to see cricket back in our country, but any LITTLE lapse in security might be final nail in the coffin, so better be save then sorry. we have spent 4 year without cricket at home, lets wait for 1 more year at least.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 26, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

I think everything is going perfectly for PSl. But I think the timing of the tournament isn't right. Somewhere around that time there are going to be elections in Pakistan. Therefore, the public attention would be on that and also that you need stability in country for events like PSL. It is only natural that the system of every country changes a little after elections. If PSL isn't clashing with the election timings then there is no problem.

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (January 26, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Offering Life Insurance is the dumbest idea. As an individual, as a person with a family, why would one risk his life for 100k (max). Secondly that makes one wonder whether Pak.board is covering itself from being sued or legally challenged if something would go wrong. The underlying thought that even PCB thinks that something MAY go wrong should scare the hell out of any player who thinks about stepping into Pak.

Bad Bad Bad idea.

Posted by the_fallen_heroezzz on (January 25, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

PSL is a a very good step taken by the pcb, which i think should had been taken earlier. pakistan is the best team of t20 as it has proved it's metal in all the world cups of the mentioned format, pakistan is the origin of t20 as well because it introduced this version of the game. in my opinion any foreign player hits the pak grounds or not for psl, it does not matter as it will be a huge success anyway.and all those who are promoting the false agenda of security concerns in pakistan should think about the betterment of cricket because pakistan is a safe country to play cricket. attack on the srilankan team was a planned attack and every body knows who did it. so plzz stop stabing in the back and then shouting infront of whole world about it, portraying the victim accused. best of luck pcb and best of luck PSL.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (January 25, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

@AK47_pk: YOU MAKE ME LAUGH every time i read ur comments, i bet u r living in a dream world most of the time! Psl not even started mate let it start first and than we will talk about survival situation but honestly PSL future doesn't look very good ;)

Posted by kc69 on (January 25, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

I appreciate the efforts of PCB but an Insurance of 2 million dollars for any layman terms means that "you may be killed but your family will be paid a lot of money".This is a negative move and PCB doesn't understand that this will create more doubts in the minds of people who were in an idea to play.No sportsperson will risk his life for insurance money.People who are applauding this move please think with an outsider perspective.

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 25, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

I can see only 3 t20 leagues in near future. Ipl bbl nd psl. Bpl slpl friends life t20 are going to die slowly but surely. 1st 1 to go will be bpl then slpl nd then english friends life t20.

Posted by kentjones on (January 25, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

The world is being deprived of the sight of the talented and skilful Pakistani cricketers testing their might against the likes of Australia, SA, England, India in their own backyard. I feel for the many Pakistani fans who have been yearning to witness such contests since those fateful and sad events occurred in Lahore in March 2009. Pakistan has been robbed of the opportunity to combat all comers in their own environment and all because of a few fanatics. It is a difficult decision for foreign cricketers to choose to play in Pakistan, although I know barring the major concerns of safety there is not a top class cricketer who would not want to play there, since there is no denying that the Pakistan team is a formidable opponent and touring the country of Pakistan is a significant event in the calendar for test playing nations. Some common ground must be found that will open the hearts of test paying nations to the doors of Pakistan. Maybe the PSL might be the start needed.

Posted by Fearless_Greens on (January 25, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

A very risky move by PCB. And I can already see that many people have taken it negatively. It will not give a good signal to the players and they may think now that whole of Pakistan has security issues instead of few pockets. On the other hand tax free $100K for just 10 days is really tempting. I think it will attract more of the near retirement players than new emerging foreign players. But good luck PCB, PSL and Pakistan!!

Posted by anandagg on (January 25, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

When organizers start offering life insurance, you know it's time to stay away!!

Posted by Selassie-I on (January 25, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

At least Pakistan show some decorum here in having a 10 day league, rather than India who try to consume 2 months of the year with theirs. If the IPL was 10 days long then maybe the ICC might consider a window.

Anything bringing money into Pakistan cricket, for the cricketers, is good.

They've always been one of the best teams to watch. You know a magnificent spell of bowling, a complet collapse or a wonderful 100 are imminently round the corner.

Posted by PakCricketistanLover on (January 25, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

@thenoostar - may be Pakistan will loose the series in South Africa but still will play first division cricket for some factual reasons. The defeated England who were no.1 then 3-0 in UAE last year, drew 1-1 with South Africa and much more. If were also taking in to consideration the ODI record then there are many other countries which fall in Pakistan scalp, the recent one which we all know of. If any nation who deserves to go to the second division, other than new zealand and west indies would be India LOL. They lost 4-0 in australia, 4-0 in england, 2-1 at home to england. So the noostar you need to work on your stats before commenting. Thank you.

Posted by D-Train on (January 25, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

The fact that they have to offer life insurance isn't a very good sign

Posted by jammuthejatt on (January 25, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

By offering the insurance PCB is admitting that Pakistan is not a safe place to play after all.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Pakistan shouldn't be too concerned whether they attract foreign stars or not. Foreign stars would be good, as they will prove to the world that there is not a great security risk in Pakistan. However not having foreign players will allow Pakistan to develop more of their own players. The West Indies domestic T20 comp isn't filled with foreigners and West Indies as a consequence won the T20 world cup. Ever since the IPL India's international T20 record has been very poor - too many foreign stars. Foreigners or not, a domestic T20 tournament filled with the amazing local talent Pakistan have, should still fill stadiums - this is coming from an Australian fan!

Posted by kashan0001 on (January 25, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

this is a joke to say that Pak declining cricket but u shud say Pak cricket rising ,Pak has more youth as compare to other country in world.and most r cricket loving, more cricketers u will see playing in the streets n ground thn before,, Pakistan should get the help of Army, who is one of the best force in the world, and nothing bad to get help of Army,as britian aslo got help of army in olympic games.

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 25, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

im sorry the so called gift of life insurance,would give me no sense of security. players seeing would have thought the opposite.

Posted by champions_of_PAKISTAN on (January 25, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

I dont know it will work or not But PSL will be realy good for our RAW tallent as they will get the oppurtinity and money.. and Its will be very good for the Spectator.. well if the overseas player not come we can still make it a success as BigBash there are not too much overseas player but the quality of cricket is amazing and thats what we need.. PCB should try to entertain the spectators with BIG SCREENS and some concerts.. try to make a +ve atmosphere . if overseas players did not come use the money to MODERNIZE and facilitate our stadiums

Posted by Haleos on (January 25, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

@ aaqibisthegreat - wishing thinking. Goodluck. Security issue would not change in 10 days. What make you think teams will flood in there to play? Bilateral issues have to be solved unilaterally not just from one side.

Posted by InTestsWeTrust on (January 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Pakistan is brimming with talented, naturally talented cricketers that deserve the opportunity to make a name and a legacy for themselves. Unfortunately, i very much doubt this move by the PCB will generate anything but internal exposure for those players. Foreign players simply won't take the security risk of playing in Pakistan when they can ply their trade elsewhere for bigger money and without the either real or percieved threat of violence against them.

This all comes down to bigger fish, in the form of Pakistan's global political positioning and the lack of confidence that is currently displayed in the country. I hope for Pakistan and for the cricketing community en masse that this will change. Otherwise, the world will be starved of some of the most exciting, talented players that the game has to offer.

An English Cricket Fan.

Posted by reality_check on (January 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@Joe Thompson: "Pakistan are a declining Cricket team". Which is why they beat the #1 test team 3-0 and also beat the WC champions 2-1 in their own back yard. If this means declining then I am sure teams like Bangladesh will love to be in this spot.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Pakistan's continued dire security situation means it will spend many more years to come outside of International cricket. It must be tough on their players, but every other nation has every right to not travel there due to the huge security concerns.

Posted by Ossies on (January 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

the doubters will be proved wrong, money talks .. as they say .. lets just wait and so who signs up and then talk

$100k for 2 weeks work, in one of the greatest cities in the world like lahore, .. sounds like a no brainer..

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (January 25, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

The cricket that Pakistanis play is always exciting plus their fans are always an appreciative crowd so you need not worry much whether that is going to be a success.Add a few international players and it becomes even more attractive. But the main issue that the PCB should give attention to is security, if they mess up something there, even if it be a minor incident, one can be sure that cricket at home for Pakistan will be lost at least for a decade or so.Hope the PSL is a success, a fan from SL.

Posted by Selassie-I on (January 25, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Wish all the best for PSL, hopefully it is a success and goes off without a hitch. However it is worrying and I would have to say that I wouldn't play there if I was a (good enough) cricketer, due, soley, to security worries.

Hopefully Pakistan can find peace and security in years to come and international cricket can be brought back to this wonderful, passionate country.

Posted by LegB4wkt on (January 25, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

This is a very bad move by PCB. They shouldn't have even mentioned about these kinda things. Offering insurance policies only raises more concerns about their security. Most of the top class cricketers are already millionaires n why would they wanna risk their lives for 2 mil ? Instead They should have hired a world renowned private security firm for players' protection. Offering insurance policy is not the way to guarantee the safety of the players. Anyway if players choose to come, They must be provided the highest level of security by Pakistan special forces (or some kinda military wing) coz Pakistan's police can't even shoot straight as they ran away from the scene where SL team was attacked , leaving them to die (according to Simon Taufel). Btw I wish all the best for their effort n hope everything will be ok. G'luck !!!

Posted by emmersonne on (January 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Unfortunately that is no incentive in the UK - if foreign income isn't taxed at source overseas it is taxed in full upon remit to the UK. If it is taxed overseas (so long as a reciprocal agreement is in place) that tax is offset against UK tax liability. Hope the tournament is a success though, Pakistani cricket fans deserve some excellent cricket to go and watch.

Posted by mkamd on (January 25, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

If we think about which team has produced most amazing bowlers and limited over specialist allrounder during last 10 years Pakistan is in top 3 if not the top one...Instead of wasting money on foreign players why not to give heavy prizes to winning side from local teams and competetion interesting. Bringing foreign players suit to teams like India or Bangladesh who do not have real aggressive bowling line ups which make these matches interesting. Australia & Pakistan are two teams which have amazing number of new talent and their local player can produce enough excitement. Just a thought.

Posted by parthaacs on (January 25, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Not sure who advised PCB but it;s a very bad move. IF they offer life insurance does it give any confidence to players? don;t think so. instead they should have offered high security or employed a UK or US based security firm etc that would have given the players some sense of security.

anyway good luck. pakistan is always an exciting team to watch win or lose. hope cricket returns to them quickly

Posted by Tanveer_Mohaimin on (January 25, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

I think money isnt valuable than a life, if anything happen wrong about security the by, I hope international cricket will return in Pakistan soon & best of luck PSL....from Bangladesh.

Posted by The_GreatOne on (January 25, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Joe Thompson has gone nuts the way his English team is performing in India is pretty evident how good they are in limited overs n I hope he remember how Pakistan make them cry like a child in UAE... 3-0 in Test... so Its the Future belongs to the Asian team as it has been in the last few decades as no world cup final has been without an Asian team... So Brother better get ur records straight.... PSL WILL INSHALLAH ROCK... BEST WISHES TO TEAM PCB AND MAY THE ALMIGHTY GIVES U STRENGTH AND COURAGE AND HELPS U MAKE IT A SUCCESSFUL PRODUCT

Posted by supacricfan on (January 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

pakistan are going to the extreme to get overseas players in but instead they should be concentrating on security,no insurance money is going to help if players life is under threat!!stop competing with other countries and get the security right first and the price money seems to be less than what domestic players are getting in!!

Posted by Mohsin_Ali_Khan on (January 25, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

The unfortunate attack on the Srilankan team in Lahore few years back was unprecedented one so it was not supposed to have a special security. Also as sports teams were not being targeted before, any lapse, though it is not an excuse, could have been there. But now the situation is different. Pakistan have been deprived of hosting international sport on security issues therefore special heed is being given to this aspect. The organizers/security forces this time would be much more vigilant and alert. The players intending to take part in the PSL may gain confidence from the fact that even after the Lahore incident, dignities including heads of states from various countries have visited Paksitan time to time and as they are given a special security, they don't have any sense of insecurity problem. The PCB and Pakistan govt. also intend to provide the similar level of security to the international players so they should not worry about the security issue.

Posted by shahzadparacha on (January 25, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

This is a good move by the PCB. Even if PSL is not able to attract many Top players for the first year, the future additions of PSL will bring in more Top players for sure.

Best of luck for PSL.

Posted by Cricket_Madness on (January 25, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Well I am just putting my 2 can't buy life with life insurance and especially over a sport? I don't think its worth it! After following up few articles, it is now more convincing that having a international team playing in Pakistan is more of a political intention and benefits. Finger pointing Bangladesh or any other nation is just an excuse. Most people will not admit and say "my country has a security issue". You can't just look this security issue with a mind of a sportsman. It is more complicated. If Pakistan can't provide with a good enough security to one of their ministers, how a simple cricket player will be safe there? You just need one person with a bad intention to harm. That's all you need to cause enough damage.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (January 25, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

What will the PCB offer next?? Gratuity and pension???

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (January 25, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

I suspect any foreign players will come.. of course it is a good move, and this guy is trying really hard to bring back international cricket back to Pakistan but life insurance seriously? if you are so sure of the condition of your country then why put a life insurance policy? And a player's life is worth $2m dollars so that their families are satisfied? what in the world is that? just ask yourself, will your family be satisfied with you or the money? First work with the government to control the condition of your country, so that headlines doesn't pop up everyday, foreign players and boards will automatically be interested to play again in Pakistan. :)

Posted by Rashen-R3 on (January 25, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

Well I am Sri Lanken and do respect the efforts been taken to raise cricket in Pakistan. But your country almost killed our cricketers and some of them were badly injured. Any apologies on that? So it needs to take some time for your country to host international cricket.... Bad luck , yet who wants to risk your players ... you can build cricketers like Sanga, Malinga, Mahela, Dilshan for 2M $? Can you? neither you can buy them.. We have enough T20 cricket and its too much... Simply too much.. So no more T20 please.

Posted by The_big_j on (January 25, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

PCB should focus more on making the league fair and competitive, foreign players or domestic players fans want to see good competition without any controversies. We don't need overrated and overused foreign players who play in every league in the world. We have enough talent in Pakistan, we have enough big names like azhar mahmood, rana naveed, afridi, razzaq and ect who can bring crowds into the stadiums and entertain anywhere in the world all we need is a well organized tournament that benefits Pak cricket. Inshallah when the situation improves foreign teams will tour Pakistan, but I don't see it happening under this government.

Posted by Rahulbose on (January 25, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

One has to sympathize with PCB. But surely offering life insurance is counter productive here. It only serves to remind people of their worst fears about visiting Pakistan.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (January 25, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

Well Peshawar Will Win This League Without any doubt if they allow any Franchise from Pashtunistan...but i m afraid they might not allow any team from there as they knw they will walk away with the trophy hands down

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (January 25, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

@Naseer_Shah - Zimbabwe and Srilanka started just bit after Pakistan ?? lol pakistan got their test status in 1952 while srilanka in 1982 after 30 years..and zimbabwe in 1992 after 40 years...thats just bit after ??cricinfo publish

Posted by a-khan74 on (January 25, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

No matter what?..but the psl is on the right track.there is no concern of security for the cricketers as the pcb and the govt of punjab is keen to provide international level of security and life insurance to the players.The psl is not competing with any other cricket league in the world but the nation are pretty sure that we can do the best as we are among the best talented cricket team and cricket lover in the world. SA vs PAK...apart win/lose ,we will watch the best cricket game between the two great teams and the challenging ever green bouncy pitches for the young expecting stars like ,jamshed/junaid/azhar/shafiq/irfan.let see the best of cricket.peace

Posted by zachT2090 on (January 25, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Life is more precious than money.

Posted by PAK-92 on (January 24, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

I have no doubt about the talent and performances we are going to see in the PSL and im pretty sure we'll have quite a few international cricketers. The likes of Ajmal Shehzad, Adil Rashid, Saj Mahmood, Azeem Rafiq, Owais Shah, Kabir Ali will surely want to be involved in the tounament regardless of what the PSA have said to the English players. Don't be surprised if Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir or Usman Khawaja are also involved. Also retired international players who can still play will also love to be involved. But hopefully the tournament can pass without a hiccup. Also $100,000 isn't bad for 10 days work doing what you love!

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

huh ? they must be joking, life insurance for international cricketers in pakistan?

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 24, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

At the end of the day this tournament will judged by how many people watched it on TV around the world. That what IPL is doing and they are successful, they have around 150 Million viewers on TV and Top Indian and international players take part in IPL, contributing to what is the world's "richest cricket tournament". Lets see how long PSL goes and all the best for that.

Posted by ali.lillah on (January 24, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

i think pakistan cricket board should also use and invite azhar mehmood, owais shah, usman khawaja,tahir, hashim amla and other pakistani origin players to help the cause

Posted by dontlikecricket on (January 24, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

I have been reading some strange comments here. Some unknowledgeable so called cricket fan has called Pak a decling cricket team however results over last two years prove otherwise. I suspect some traditional "fans" cant expect anyone to be better than English team. I recall Pak won 3-0 last year? Pak even manage to draw agaisnt SA in UAE however English team lost their "home series" to SA. I am not expecting Pak to win the series in SA, however it's a good opportuity to check the development of the team. Pak has been hosting local T20 competiton and staduims are full. PCB has a big advanatage, huge population in Pak gives enough scope for the T20 to be a successful competition regardless overseas players play there or not.

Posted by ali.lillah on (January 24, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

g8 job done by pcb. eager to watch PSL. just wana suggest Bangla friends that should commence concentrating on their own league instead wasting efforts. things are better and with the state guest level security no problem for security. wish to see cricket stars back on our grounds.

Posted by FatirMalik on (January 24, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Presumably Mr Joe Thomson lives in cloud cuckoo land !!

This may be a "desparate" measure by the Cricket Board of country with big internal problems, but to wish that a great Cricketing nation should go "down" (in cricketing terms), is really evil.

Time will prove you wrong, Mr Thomson.

Posted by thenoostar on (January 24, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@PakCricketistanLover You would have a hard time getting a team in the EPL without a home ground. When Pakistans batsmen are rolled by the South Africans, will you be calling for them to join the second division? West Indies would give Pakistan a good run for its money and Pakistan wouldn't beat New Zealand away. I think having a second division would be disastrous for New Zealand and West Indies where cricket actually has a following.

If New Zealand and WI were dropped to 2nd div, International cricket would become financially unviable in New Zealand and probably West Indies too.

Most Irish and Dutch have no idea about cricket. Cricket will never grow there! Afganistan seems to be making good steps.

Posted by Aura123 on (January 24, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

WOW - $100K to $1M tax free in 10 Days. Full house, Top T20 players existing and emerging players, Top security ( PCB hired international firm ) & $2M insurance. whole world would be watching so very good opportunity for any player to learn & perform and get notice for the other leagues like IPL & Big Bash. I would go for it.

Posted by Shajadul on (January 24, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

I am not sure why PCB is so eager to show PAK is a safe place. I believe the situation is improving but not to the extent they claim. One Minister was killed recently who received high security as well. They could arrange this event next year to get more good quality players in a safer environment. If something bad happens (even a small occurance) next 10 years no one will visit. Is this high risk necessary right now?

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Pakistan are a declining Cricket team hopefully South Africa will give us a sneak preview where this team is heading and even if they did win, its probably their last major victory before they go down. Future of Cricket belongs to England and the West Indies.

Posted by SamNY2013 on (January 24, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

Pakistan has every right to organize international cricket. Pakistan produce best players and they deserve playing in their homeland.

I miss watching games in stadiums and wish PSL success and hope this event goes smooth.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 24, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

@BangCricFan PSL will be success or 50% success .. but no care , under current situationof pakistan, BCB was trying to fool and compete with PCB..First produce some good quality player and wins some matches .. No country got 22 consecutive losses only from pakistan other than the Bangladesh ...Not even Zimbabwe nor Srilanka who start just bit after Pakistan ... Cricinfo please post ..

Posted by BangCricFan on (January 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

Nobody is gonna make it to Pakistan for insurance or tax free income..It will be just a local league without any foreign players.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 24, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

@SaadRockz: Don't pretend to speak for all Pakistani fans when talking about Bangladesh. I for one, as a Pak fan would love to see Bangladeshi players participating in the PSL. It's unfortunate what has happened with the breakdown due to politics between PCB and BCB. But even a couple of good standard Bangladeshi players would be heartily welcomed and cheered. Bangladesh fans have opened their doors for Pak players and supported them in the past and we should open doors for Bangladeshis regardless of whether they wish to enter or not. The door should always be open to all people.

Posted by ColJJ on (January 24, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

@ SaadRocx: I back your promise to Mr. Arif (Probably Bangla Fan) that we will jam pack the stadiums. I remember the Faisal Bank T20 2012 that held in Rawalpindi. I had to strive for a ticket of a match league match. Moreover you can't believe that there were more people outside the stadium than inside who couldn't get a ticket.

@SyedAreYouDumb: You said if PSL goes well, we'll tour Pakistan. We don't need a third class side anymore. Secondly, if PSL goes fine, are we stupid enough to still persuade an unreliable and low profile side for tour? Infact we wont have to persuade anyone but people will come at their own

Posted by PakCricketistanLover on (January 24, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Bravo......step in the right direction. A peace message 2 all - stop bullying BPL now, they are not in our league....i seriously feel a English Premiership League format should follow suit in Cricket where Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and two of the top eight test cricketing nation (WI / NZ) should play second division cricket along with top two of the associates (Ireland / Afghanistan / Scotland / Netherlands) and the rest of the pool should continue to play the ICC Inter Continental trophy. Also I have a feeling PSL in its first edition might not be as successful but again it bear fruits in future! Pakistan is a top cricketing nation, who have been performing amazingly without any home ground cricket! it cannot get any better. Also again, Pakistani fans, stop embarrassing our Bengali colleagues, they dont beling here!

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 24, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

arif...In Pak no one cares about Bangladesh Team or Bangladesh there presence or absence ain't gonna make much the way we saw how much crowd the BPL managed to attract..LoL 3/4th of the Stadiums are empty, while you will gonna see opposite in PSL...crowd will be jam packed, like a World Cup match.(I can Promise you that) and security situation in Pak is improving InshaAllah it will bring International Cricket Back in Pak....(CRICINFO PLZ PUBLISH)!!!!

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 24, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

I salute you Sir Zaka Ashraf..plz keep up the good work..and keep this league minnow free.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 24, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

A LOT more money being offered than I thought there would be. I reckon some international players will be seriously tempted. $100,000 for barely ten days T20 cricket is not something to be scoffed at. At least it shows there's at least some incentive, drive and investment with Pak domestic cricket. And the aims of the T20 league, to bring back International cricket to Pak are noble enough.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 24, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Inshallah it will happen, i want cricket back in Pakistan... sorry about Bangladesh scenario and if PSL happens we will tour your country :)

Posted by arif204 on (January 24, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

may be very tough for PSL to get the foreign palyers.english,australia,INdia and south Africa and NZ players will never go for play or get any NOC.even pak now miss BD players for their impatience.if PCB give another chance to go for BPL then it will be very tough for BCB to avoid tour in PAKistan.but sorry PAK fan,u can get some srilankan and WI players and some retired players.that may be ur best collection.u cannot make any change dear friends

Posted by wiseshah on (January 24, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

it will be difficult but if they can do--will be awsome for PCB.i wonder how many aussie, saf or english cricketer will be there

Posted by lovetoplaycricket on (January 24, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

great news! thumbs up to Zaka Ashraf and team. Now I guess people will come to play cricket in Pakistan and it should be.

Posted by lovetoplaycricket on (January 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Its great to see Zaka Ashraf and team desperate to bring cricket in Pakistan. And definitely its high time now that international cricket should be played in Pakistan as there is enormous craze of this game there. This will definitely be positive for cricket lovers throughout the world.

Posted by Jason_Mcphee on (January 24, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Well done PCB; to be honest, its not PCB's or Pakistan cricketers fault, hope to see some good cricket there, these leagues are not very famous in the west but for the sake of Pakistan cricket, its a good move; slowly and gradually it will bring cricket to Pakistan and will continue to produce quality fast bowlers.

Posted by jabbarahmed on (January 24, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

i wish soon international cricket return back in pak.if the world best cricketers will come in pak like gayle,amla,AB,styen,smith,kallis, ros taylor.b.macllum, m.clark, malinga, mahela, sanga,dhoni,sehwag,cook,piterson,morgan,swan, shakib,tamim,murtiza, and all other playerz....... then i believe pak is ready to host international matches.....and without that players help will not come back in i request all playerz plz cm in pak and save pak...........

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 24, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

good move all we need 16 to 20 good players from around the world.then we have alot of player who can make it more rocking tournament.hop for the best.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

I don't think it'll make any impact on CA, ECB, BCCI, CSA, NZC, BCB etc. But I must say Zaka is far better than Ijaz Butt. At least he's doin somethn for PK cricket.

Posted by khanofcricket on (January 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

If PSL can attract a few top players from SL, SA, NZ & WI that would be great. Also include some of the key players from BD unless BCB declines NOC on tit for tat basis. Some of the fringe players from India would be good too as the top players may not come to PSL. Try to get Shane Warne and Brett Lee - that will be awesome!

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 24, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Good Job Guys.. PSL, PCB Management and Zaka ashraf are doing a good job. What else someone could ask. I am pretty sure this PSL is gona do very well.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 24, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

All the best from a Sri Lankan..hope the tournament goes well and MOST importantly, safely...good luck..

Posted by kharkov on (January 24, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

this guy will save pakistan cricket respect to zaka:)

Posted by samweedi on (January 24, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

@Green_Team: Thats true mate i hate to read that as well, we as pakistanis want that to be forgotten but it HAPPENED and we cant change the reality now lets hope and pray that our nation gets back on the track in sports and otherwise.

Posted by Dannymania on (January 24, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

hats off to PCB for trying its best to make it work. But money isn't everything. Especially for the first class players. Now why would a great player like Sachin wanna come to our country? Ofcourse its not safe here mates. I am a huge cricket fan and a Pakistani cricket supporter as a Pakistani. And I would love it if there's cricket here in Pakistan. but we have to first secure our own country. then we can invite the foreigners here. I am sorry and I do feel sorry but its absolutely NOT safe here. Its not safe even for us, and we should go out if we can.

Posted by swat1999 on (January 24, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Excellent opportunity for foreign players. Now security situation is better. Good job by PSL organizers

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

I wish Gayle playing in Pakistan

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (January 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

woww fantastic move ,well done Zaka Ashraf and PCB.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 24, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I wish the PCB all the very best of luck in organizing the PSL.

Posted by S.Kamran.Ali on (January 24, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Good move by PCB, I hope International Players will come to PAKISTAN.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 24, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

what more you want folks?? pcb is trying its best !

Posted by nillohit on (January 24, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

It's a very interesting move. I am just wondering about the source of revenue...who will be the sponsors?

Posted by a.syed81 on (January 24, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Excellent effort by PCB. This should attract big players. Go PSL Go.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Carry on Mr Zaka Ashraf......

Posted by Green_Team on (January 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

" Pakistan have not hosted international cricket since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009" I hate to hear this line again and again in each and every article . . I wish International Cricket will be revived soon after PSL . .Great efforts by Chairman Zaka Ashraf . We should appreciate him for his efforts for PAKISTAN cricket . .

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (January 24, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Hats off to PCB! Working very hard on PSL & getting cricket back to Pakistan!

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