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PCB brings in international officials for PSL

Umar Farooq

January 24, 2013

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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."

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Posted by Anwar-Lara 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.

Posted by Saad.Navaid 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...

Posted by Taha_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............

Posted by Taha_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

Posted by Engr.TahirShah 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by Lahori92 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.

Posted by Desihungama 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.

Posted by raibuddy on (January 25, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

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

Posted by 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;)

Posted by octopus1 on (January 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

PSLwill make history inshallah! More foreign players will join just watch the space guys...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

@ KiwiRocker, I personally believe the harsh behaviour of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani board towards each other was unnecessary. There is no question that BPL will have lost audience-ship in Pakistan. However, it is naive of you to think that Bangladeshi crowds turn up just to watch Pakistani players in BPL. Bangladesh people want to watch world-class cricket no doubt but more importantly we want to watch our local boys, specially the national players. Nothing public ever happens in Bangladesh that is not witnessed by at the least a few thousand people so it would be interesting to know where you found this magic figure of 800 from. From what we have been watching, the games were packed. Please let's not do what our politician board members do. We as general people of both nations have a lot of love for each other as experienced firsthand. Wish you all the luck with the PSL and hope you don't have hiccups like we did.

Posted by lovetoplaycricket on (January 25, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

that's a very good news.I believe PSL will rock. Thumps up for ZAKA ASHRAF.

Posted by Y.Raza on (January 25, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

thank you mike, rudi and tiffin. You have won our hearts. Stay blessed.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (January 25, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Thank you Procter,Russell and Rudi for accepting the offer.. and many thanks to every one for your supportive comments.

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

Thank You Guys for Supporting Pak You will be treated very well. And I am sure Some Sri Lankan's players will also join If they are free.. Thanks to every one who are coming to Pak and who are supporting us even if they are not coming.. A BIG BIG THANKS

Posted by bobmartin on (January 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

As those of you who have read any of my posts will know, I am not a great lover of T20 cricket. Having said that, I sincerely hope the PSL is a resounding success and passes off without incident. If it does it may well hasten the return of test cricket being played where it should be, in the home nation's country. Good luck..

Posted by Abdullah1991 on (January 25, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

this is very good news for Pakistan cricket. Thanks for the support of all three umpires. If we can get some good foreign players also, its going to be the best league of the world. I am also confident PCB is going to make sure 100% security to players and officials. All the best PCB, keep up the good work

Posted by Dragon_king on (January 25, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Even a single positive news towards the success of PSL will kill a lot off negative comments and advices...heartiest thanks and a warm welome to the forgienn offcials for their brave move.....Cowards keep on bad mouthing

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

There is a unique difference between Pakistan and other countries leagues. Pakistani fans are starving to see their own players in action so even if very few not very famous foreign players join PSL, it will become a huge hit. Bangladeshi league was mismanged in first year and there were all sort of issues but crowd still showed up as Pakplayers were playing. Second edition is proving a total failure with matches being played in front of 800 people. PSL will always attract huge crowds as Pakistan's own T20 domestic league Faysal Bank league attracts massive crowds and all Pakistani support channels cover it in prime time. The inclusion of two high rated umpires and Mike Proctor already means that PSL is positioning itself better than BPL and SLPL. While, first edition may not attract many players but a successful event without any security hick ups will be treated as a massive success.It will be wonderful for Pak youngsters who have never played much at home!PSL is already a success!

Posted by HammadNasir47 on (January 25, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

can you beleive, i have tears in my eyes reading the article. may Allah make Pakistan better every day. thanks for all the support from all the concerned people.

Posted by zalmaypk on (January 25, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Great news,,they are brave people, come on and show the world its safe..and enjoy the cricket,i hope that PSL would be the successful T20 event after IPL.cheers

Posted by hailianpak on (January 25, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

I must say im glad to read that exciting news. 6 International standard officials, 2 of which r currently among the best in business (Dar & Rauf). Umpiring standards will be of a high quality and these high profile foreign officials' participation will definitely change the perception of some of the players too. Im hoping for a safe and successful PSL and at the same time very appreciative and thankful to these officials to help Pak Cricket in tough times. And I hope some top players will follow them.

Posted by T.M.M on (January 25, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Well done PCB and Zaka Ashraf. Thank you to all three empires. Please Pakistanis, make this event a safe and successful event. This is a key to open the door of international cricket in Pakistan. Every Pakistani will have to prove that Pakistan is a safe place to play, and every Pakistani has to make every step unsuccessful towards keeping this tournament an ugly one. This is what we should have done in 2009 when Sri Lanka was here.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 25, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

ahh really good news We need some one who stand up and say no politics boss lets play some cricket.all the best mates you will enjoy a great game of cricket.

Posted by a-khan74 on (January 25, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

A bundles of Thanks from the deep of our hearts to Mr,Mike procter,Russel tiffen and Rudi koertzen for leading support of the upcoming pakistan super league and we as a nation warm welcome you to the land of hospitality.thakx

Posted by swat1999 on (January 25, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Very good news that world bst umpire and officials are agreed to help up PSL. Good luck and Wish an excitement tournament

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Being originally from Pakistan, I have mixed feelings about this. PCB with the backing of the government will provide top notch security for all foreginers (officials and players) yet the government cannot provide basic security to the citizens of Pakistan. It is simply not safe in Pakistan for a foreigner and I advise all not to come, as much as I want cricket to return to Pakistan. Stay home with your family lest there be an unfortunate incident

Posted by NAD_SL on (January 25, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

hoping this be a safe and exciting tournament..i hope sri lanka can return the favor to pakistan because they helped us a lot in SLPL..and i guess this is a good start for the tournament..and ofcourse im glad that pakistan didnt name the tournament as "premier league", but super and bangladesh named their ones after the IPL..hoping to see pakistan's a sl fan.

Posted by PAK-92 on (January 25, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

All this media hype that international players shouldn't or won't be involved is only going to result in them being embarrassed. I truley believe that current international players will want to play in the PSL for the money and the fact its only a week ot two long. And the calibre of cricket and talent which will be showcased will defiently be of top quality. Im just hoping that it's broadcast on a channel here in the UK.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 24, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

PSL seems to be very well guided.. Its aheading in a very good direction.. Good job done by PCB and PSL management so far.. I am sure this is gona do very well.. Cant wait to see cricket back in Pakistan.. :)

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

Grrrreat news & a very good start... Very well done sir Zaka & all the best PSL

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 24, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

I think at the end of the day, this league is for the enjoyment of the Pakistani public. As long as they are happy, it doesn't matter about the rest of the world. The same logic applies to IPL, BBL, SLPL, and BPL. All the respective leagues are PURELY for the enjoyment of their local population. I just hope this league is a safe one for ANY visiting players and umpires. Pakistan is still far from safe and it's a sad reality. As an Indian fan, I personally hope Pakistan can host international games in the near future. Good luck.

Posted by Aura123 on (January 24, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

I don't think so i need to add anything what Tiffin said "perceptions can cloud the realities" I think PSL will be sucess

Posted by MurtazaMak on (January 24, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Good start!! Lets start seeing BIG International names now slowly undoing the Indian bias against Pakistan and the PCB and coming to play in Pakistan, where really the situation on the ground is not as bad as the media makes it out to be.

Posted by Ajmalnumber1 on (January 24, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

i believe Mr. Zaka doing a great job here. One day his hardwork will bring back International cricket to Pakistan.

Posted by DonAnnus on (January 24, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Having 3 International umpires in the event is a great achievement by PCB.......

Posted by Dilbar786 on (January 24, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Special thanks to all visitors

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 24, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

This is a huge development. I mean really huge. Well done pcb , zaka nd haroon. This shudgive players some comfidence.

Posted by DonAnnus on (January 24, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Having 3 International umpires in the event is a great achievement by PCB.......

Posted by liaqathussain on (January 24, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

i ask all the people of pakistan to support this event and turn up everyday of the 10 days to watch the games,

Inshaallah this will be the start of good things,

every pakistani's responsibly to keep every 1 safe

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

what a start........this's going to be an exciting PSL

Posted by Mohsin_Ali_Khan on (January 24, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Well done PCB and Mr. Zaka Ashraf. Wish you all the luck

Posted by tanveer131 on (January 24, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

I m really very glad. Thanks to all of those who shows their will to come to Pakistan. I also thanks to those who at least not discouraging PSL. Mr. Zaka you are such a gem for Pakistan Cricket.

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

6 Int caliber umpires. 3 foreigners as above, with Asad Rauf, Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza due to take part. At least the umpiring will be of a decent standard.

Posted by PlaySafeus on (January 24, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Really positive development, congrats PCB and pray for cricket's success in the country.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 24, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

well done PCB, keep doing positive steps !

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