Pakistan news August 21, 2013

Misbah calls for Pakistan's T20 league

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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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  • asim229 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.

  • ZeeshanKamal 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.

  • zarasibaat 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.

  • yohandf 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 .

  • 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.

  • johnathonjosephs 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?

  • Hg1987 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chaudry_Cricket 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).

  • asim229 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.

  • ZeeshanKamal 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.

  • zarasibaat 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.

  • yohandf 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 .

  • 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.

  • johnathonjosephs 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?

  • Hg1987 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chaudry_Cricket 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).

  • Ayaan-Khan on August 21, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Misbah has given a good idea to the PCB by suggesting that a T20 league should be played in either Pakistan or Dubai,If the PCB can't bring international players to Pakistan then start the PSL in Dubai for the first two seasons and then after if PSL is as attractive as the IPL then bring it back to Pakistan , I'm sure if it's popular enough then not many interational players will refuse for the PSL to move to Pakistan, And all Pakistani players should also be allowed a visa to Dubai.

  • Ayaan-Khan on August 21, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Misbah has given a good idea to the PCB by suggesting that a T20 league should be played in either Pakistan or Dubai,If the PCB can't bring international players to Pakistan then start the PSL in Dubai for the first two seasons and then after if PSL is as attractive as the IPL then bring it back to Pakistan , I'm sure if it's popular enough then not many interational players will refuse for the PSL to move to Pakistan, And all Pakistani players should also be allowed a visa to Dubai.

  • LeftBrain on August 21, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I am not sure how successful a T20 league will be if it is played in UAE. There are too much logistical and financial factors involved. But principally Misbah is correct, something has to be done for Pakistan's young cricketers otherwise Pakistan cricket, which is already in a dire state, will get hurt even more.

  • on August 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Perfect that is exactly what we need to improve the techniques of our players. I can understand he wants this to Improve the financial conditions of our board which is not a bad idea but not at the expense of our player's techniques for the longer format

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 21, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    As much as I like the idea, I don't think it will work. Mainly because of the danger of terrorism and other internal affairs of Pakistan that are of a volatile nature. Most importantly, we need to speak of logistics. Will a foreign player ever come to Pakistan to play ? Let's assume he and some others agree, how much will they be paid ? What will be the security detail available for the tournament ? There are many tricky questions that need to be addressed. Before a 'PPL' even happens, Pakistan needs to first host a complete bilateral tour of another nation. Unfortunately, not many people are willing to tour the country. It's a sad thing but that should be the top most priority for Pakistani cricket before all of this.

  • Haleos on August 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Great idea Misbah but PCB had come up with this and unless it is held in UAE, it would not happen.

  • wrenx on August 21, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Haven't we already been down this road? I can see why Misbah wants to prolong his career by finding more T20 cricket to play, and hopefully he's successful in finding more spots in the currently overcrowded T20 franchise league crowd, but Pakistan definitely does NOT need another T20 competition. It would be terrific if they launched a joint league with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and even China, but that seems too far off to contemplate, let alone organising. Hopefully we don't see the PSL surface again, though if we have an Asian Premier League that grows the game, that would be a good thing.

  • on August 21, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    its nice that some one take a tangible step and come forward ..... franchise-based Twenty20 league is really a great idea... hopefully doing this we will be back to our real goal.

  • on August 21, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq suggestion is not a likeable one, Yes it may be good for some reasons but overall it will not be good for the health of cricket, look at IPL and how it has affected Indian Test Cricket not long ago India was a very very good Test side, another example is of Big Bash and how it has affected Australian Shefield Cricket and Australian Test Cricket team, these kind of leagues are only good for the money making purpose, in large it has hurt cricket and quality of its players

  • Stark62 on August 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    When you keep selecting the likes of Malik, Kamran, Farhat, Iqbal, Riaz, Cheema etc, then how do you expect youngsters to be "groomed"?!?!

    Pak always played players from an early age and they would become assets after 2-3 years but now, youngsters are being ignored or given one or two chances, then cast aside for constant failures (named above).

  • on August 21, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Until other countries feel safe actually being in Pakistan, I doubt new Pakistani players will get any international experience. Obviously IPL is out of the question, but maybe less restrictions on where and how Pakastani players can play outside of Pakistan might help players experience some tough cricket.

    The big guys of Pakistan play in BBL, and it seems the CPL isn't so bad for them either, but it's understandable how Misbah wants the rookies to see and experience competitive international cricket for themselves. I feel playing on home pitches aren't going to happen for them, so rather, an organized attempt at sending out different groups of rookies might help.

    It's unfortunate that this is the current state of the PCB, but there are national and political factors in the mix too.

  • on August 21, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Until other countries feel safe actually being in Pakistan, I doubt new Pakistani players will get any international experience. Obviously IPL is out of the question, but maybe less restrictions on where and how Pakastani players can play outside of Pakistan might help players experience some tough cricket.

    The big guys of Pakistan play in BBL, and it seems the CPL isn't so bad for them either, but it's understandable how Misbah wants the rookies to see and experience competitive international cricket for themselves. I feel playing on home pitches aren't going to happen for them, so rather, an organized attempt at sending out different groups of rookies might help.

    It's unfortunate that this is the current state of the PCB, but there are national and political factors in the mix too.

  • on August 21, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    at the moment its not going to happen for some time. . board is already in problems about elections of Chairman. and nothing seems to be in place. Playing it in dubai may also not go well because of finances.

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  • on August 21, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    at the moment its not going to happen for some time. . board is already in problems about elections of Chairman. and nothing seems to be in place. Playing it in dubai may also not go well because of finances.

  • on August 21, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Until other countries feel safe actually being in Pakistan, I doubt new Pakistani players will get any international experience. Obviously IPL is out of the question, but maybe less restrictions on where and how Pakastani players can play outside of Pakistan might help players experience some tough cricket.

    The big guys of Pakistan play in BBL, and it seems the CPL isn't so bad for them either, but it's understandable how Misbah wants the rookies to see and experience competitive international cricket for themselves. I feel playing on home pitches aren't going to happen for them, so rather, an organized attempt at sending out different groups of rookies might help.

    It's unfortunate that this is the current state of the PCB, but there are national and political factors in the mix too.

  • on August 21, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Until other countries feel safe actually being in Pakistan, I doubt new Pakistani players will get any international experience. Obviously IPL is out of the question, but maybe less restrictions on where and how Pakastani players can play outside of Pakistan might help players experience some tough cricket.

    The big guys of Pakistan play in BBL, and it seems the CPL isn't so bad for them either, but it's understandable how Misbah wants the rookies to see and experience competitive international cricket for themselves. I feel playing on home pitches aren't going to happen for them, so rather, an organized attempt at sending out different groups of rookies might help.

    It's unfortunate that this is the current state of the PCB, but there are national and political factors in the mix too.

  • Stark62 on August 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    When you keep selecting the likes of Malik, Kamran, Farhat, Iqbal, Riaz, Cheema etc, then how do you expect youngsters to be "groomed"?!?!

    Pak always played players from an early age and they would become assets after 2-3 years but now, youngsters are being ignored or given one or two chances, then cast aside for constant failures (named above).

  • on August 21, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq suggestion is not a likeable one, Yes it may be good for some reasons but overall it will not be good for the health of cricket, look at IPL and how it has affected Indian Test Cricket not long ago India was a very very good Test side, another example is of Big Bash and how it has affected Australian Shefield Cricket and Australian Test Cricket team, these kind of leagues are only good for the money making purpose, in large it has hurt cricket and quality of its players

  • on August 21, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    its nice that some one take a tangible step and come forward ..... franchise-based Twenty20 league is really a great idea... hopefully doing this we will be back to our real goal.

  • wrenx on August 21, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Haven't we already been down this road? I can see why Misbah wants to prolong his career by finding more T20 cricket to play, and hopefully he's successful in finding more spots in the currently overcrowded T20 franchise league crowd, but Pakistan definitely does NOT need another T20 competition. It would be terrific if they launched a joint league with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and even China, but that seems too far off to contemplate, let alone organising. Hopefully we don't see the PSL surface again, though if we have an Asian Premier League that grows the game, that would be a good thing.

  • Haleos on August 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Great idea Misbah but PCB had come up with this and unless it is held in UAE, it would not happen.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 21, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    As much as I like the idea, I don't think it will work. Mainly because of the danger of terrorism and other internal affairs of Pakistan that are of a volatile nature. Most importantly, we need to speak of logistics. Will a foreign player ever come to Pakistan to play ? Let's assume he and some others agree, how much will they be paid ? What will be the security detail available for the tournament ? There are many tricky questions that need to be addressed. Before a 'PPL' even happens, Pakistan needs to first host a complete bilateral tour of another nation. Unfortunately, not many people are willing to tour the country. It's a sad thing but that should be the top most priority for Pakistani cricket before all of this.

  • on August 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Perfect that is exactly what we need to improve the techniques of our players. I can understand he wants this to Improve the financial conditions of our board which is not a bad idea but not at the expense of our player's techniques for the longer format