Pakistan news August 21, 2013

Misbah calls for Pakistan's T20 league


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has suggested the idea of having a franchise-based Twenty20 league in Pakistan to groom young talent in the absence of any international cricket.

On his return from West Indies after featuring in the Caribbean Premier League for St Lucia Zouks, Misbah stated that a T20 league would help youngsters as it would give them an opportunity to play with international cricketers. "Though PCB is doing its effort to bring international cricket back [to Pakistan], in my opinion, we also should have our own [T20] league," he told reporters in Lahore. "It is necessary to have it either in Pakistan or in Dubai as it will allow our youngsters to play with international stars.

"Our players are not properly groomed because of no international cricket, and other countries get their young players groomed by having leagues where they get a chance to play with international stars. India is the biggest example where they are holding the league and getting their players well groomed."

Pakistan have been deprived of international cricket since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. Since then, Pakistan have mostly been playing their home series in the UAE. Bilateral series for the youth teams, A team and academy level are on hold, which hinders the development of upcoming players.

During Zaka Ashraf's regime, the PCB was desperate to bring international cricket back to the country, but failed to convince any team to tour Pakistan. The board then launched a franchise-based Twenty20 tournament called Pakistan Super League, but it had to be postponed indefinitely due to logistical issues.

Before 2009, Pakistan used to organise reciprocal tours around the world at all levels, apart from national bilateral series, but the practice has been put on hold as junior teams are also reluctant to visit Pakistan due to security issues. Though the board has managed to host international teams outside Pakistan, it has failed to afford a similar series for junior teams due to the lack of sponsors.

Pakistani players featured in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League but have been ignored since relations between the two countries took a dive in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008. Pakistan's domestic T20 teams had also been ignored for the Champions League T20 until 2012.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Asim on August 22, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I think they should start a 40 over a side league just like a Pro40 tournament played in England's domestic. That will not only allow the player the time to stay at the wicket but will also provide attacking cricket for the crowd. i am also in favour of reducing an international ODI to a 40 over a side game and remove all the bowling and fielding restrictions e.g any bowlers should be allowed to bowl as many over he want and as many bouncers as long as they are not above the head height and there should be no field restrictions or power plays throughout the innings.

  • Zeeshan on August 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    May be Pakistan can have an ODI league instead of 20-20. They can have max of 8 teams with 4 in each group. These matches can be scheduled in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Invite international players as well. And they will not have issue of sponsor also in UAE.

    ODI championship league will also be a good idea where each country will have their domestic winner. This will be between 8 test playing nations.

    T20 is just spoiling the technique and fitness of the cricketers. ODI will help the players to groom.

  • Muhammad on August 22, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    The idea is very good. Even if no overseas player available PCB should start league with their own players and time will come when overseas players will join Pakistan league. League should be started with 8 teams playing one match with others and not necessary to make it double league system. 3 teams from punjab, 2 from sindh, 1 from KPK, 1 from balochistan and 1 from Islamabad and tribal areas. PCB can encourage sponsors by giving the teams name including their name like Karachi PIA or Lahore Jazz with a contract of 3 years. I hop PCB utilize my ideas. Thanks and regards.

  • Yohan on August 22, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan , i think this is a good suggestion for Pakistan . They can attract associate overseas players form Afganistan , UAE ,Ireland ,Netherland . By doing so they can attract crowds to grounds who are in starvation of international cricket . By conducting this tournament successfully , they can pass a message of safety of having international cricket in Pakistan .

  • ESPN on August 22, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Too Many leagues out there already. Players are playing like machines, there are so many games for fans to follow.

  • Johnathon on August 22, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    If every country had its own T20 League, where would there be room on the calendar for the real international stuff?

  • Kushan on August 22, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    I really don't know why Pakistan cannot start this T20 league in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi? any reasons?

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    A very good and timely call by Misbah. There must be lot of concern by the stakeholders no doubt the idea would serve big role in the country like Pakistan for having an opperctunity to involve international cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Is this a joke ? The whole countries cricket followers have been pleading for the Board to make Dubai their home till things change in the country. Maybe Misbah can knock some obvious and only sensible logic in them.

  • Qaasim on August 21, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    No why should the pcb waste money and energy to introduce another farcial t20 league when we should look to improve and develop our almost non-exisistent domestic structure. Our domestic structure is so bad that sloggers can have bradman like averages. I mean seriously we have up to 20-25 regional teams participating in a odi tournament that will last 2 weeks maximum.

    I propose we split our domestic cricket into departmental and state cricket. We have 5 states (Punjab, Sind, Nwf, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and a seperate capital team Islamabad). Each team has to to provide 30 names before the tournament and can only have 16 players for their final sqaud (3 openers, 1 Wk, 4 middle order bats, 2 allrounder one pace and one spin, 4 fast bowlers and 2 spinners). This way each player will get equal amount of chances. Organise tournaments for at least 3 week to 1 month duration. Each state to recieve funds which are to be invested in club cricket and acadamies. (Just some suggestions).

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