Pakistan Super League: Indian players want to take part, says PCB official

Published: January 12, 2013

Following the exhibition matches that involved foreign greats, the reports emerging from the PCB point towards more international cricketers arriving in Pakistan soon. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: At a time when India and Bangladesh have refused to play in Pakistan, their players have contacted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in order to take part in the Pakistan Super League which is scheduled to get underway in March.

The PSL looks set to kick off from March 26 at two different venues in Pakistan – possibly Lahore and Karachi. While refusing to share the names of those foreign players interested in the league, a PCB official confirmed that the interest was there.

“The Bangladesh board doesn’t want to send its national team to Pakistan but some top Bangladesh players have contacted us to become a part of the PSL,” a senior PCB official told The Express Tribune. “Four Indian players are also interested in playing and have already submitted their applications to their board and their IPL franchises to allow them to take part.”

The official added that a maximum of 30 foreign players will be bought to become part of the five-team event with each franchise having the luxury of six players out of which only four can be part of the playing-XI. The rest of the squad, and playing-XI, will comprise local players. The official stressed that only top players will be brought as they want to ensure the standard of the league.

“The event has been kept short to ensure that we attract maximum players and our competition isn’t affected largely due to the IPL,” he claimed.

The board has got a huge boost by roping in former International Cricket Council’s chief executive Haroon Lorgat, whose rapport has been a great help in building connections.

‘Greenidge, Emburey interested in coaching’

The official said that former greats have shown interest in becoming head coaches of the five franchises while former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has also indicated that he is thrilled to return to Pakistan.

“West Indian great Gordon Greenidge, John Emburey, Lawson and Alvin Kallicharran all want to work as head coaches as they don’t have any security concerns with travelling to Pakistan,” added the official before confirming that local coaches will be considered for top positions and support staff of the teams as well.

It has also been learnt that the banking sector and corporate houses have shown interest in buying franchises while a Pakistani-American billionaire, thought to be Shahid Khan who also owns an NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars, has shown interest as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2013.

Reader Comments (27)

  • Osman
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:13AM

    Good Work by Zaka Ashraf

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  • Syed
    Jan 12, 2013 - 6:23AM

    Great if and when it started finally. But coinciding with IPL is exactly what we should do. Bigger thing is not to attract foreign players but rather taking away some of the audience from IPL, even 10% audience share shift will be big financially and in the long run strategically, as that will bring IPL managers to the table whenever the conditions are suitable. In any case at this time atleast any player who is also involved in IPL will not be interested in PPL. Just going by domestic T20 tournament success we should be confident that professional league will be successful….

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  • JSM
    Jan 12, 2013 - 8:13AM

    Take the Indian players who want to play in Pakistan League and keep them. They are no good here.

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  • sensible
    Jan 12, 2013 - 8:23AM

    shahid khan could buy all five franchises!

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  • pork
    Jan 12, 2013 - 8:38AM

    what is this?

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  • AK
    Jan 12, 2013 - 9:02AM

    good to knonw that Shahid Khan is also interested in this league.

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 11:00AM

    lol

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  • ManofSteel!
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:33AM

    I would have “liked and shared” it on Facebook, had the headlines been not something related to “india!” . We really dont care they come or not. they are as important to us as any other foriegn players, not a bit more special. But for now hatsoff to Zaka Ashraf

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 12:14PM

    Put your money where your mouth is Mr. Zaka, Just name one player who contacted you, just one!

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  • Bewildered
    Jan 12, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Why we would want third class players? We are better of without them.

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  • Truth
    Jan 12, 2013 - 6:28PM

    @Vishnu

    aag kyun lag gayee bhai, we wont let them play in final 11 to maintain standard….

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  • AA
    Jan 12, 2013 - 7:18PM

    Are you kidding?Recommend

  • Khalid
    Jan 13, 2013 - 2:43AM

    BruteForc is loling…
    Vishnu Datta is burning..
    Two sisters, two stories….Two Indians, Two extremes.. :D

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  • Yaida M
    Jan 14, 2013 - 8:30AM

    The Indian players who expressed interest in playing in Pakistan are Sachin, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Sehwag.

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  • Ali Hamza
    Jan 14, 2013 - 10:17AM

    oh come on..dont get this discussion into india pakistan war again..have some life @Vishnu @Truth @Khalid

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  • Khalid
    Jan 14, 2013 - 4:44PM

    @Ali Hamza

    You are right but they (Indians) started it…

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  • ss
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:07PM

    we should have learnt something from what IPL has done to indian cricket :-/

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  • Gratgy
    Jan 15, 2013 - 6:18PM

    @Truth
    aag kyun lag gayee bhai

    Kayalee Pulao banaoge to aag to lage gi hee, Maybe Indian players will come driving Agha Waqar’s water car to Pakistan

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  • Syed Asghar Hussain
    Jan 16, 2013 - 3:19PM

    This is a suicidal attempt on the part of PCB. Pakistan is not safe. Period. It’s going to be a flop show. If it happens at all, it’s only going to attract the garbage or antiques, who may find it worth putting their lives at risk.

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  • JSM
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Do they still want to take part?

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  • 20 degrees
    Jan 19, 2013 - 8:51AM

    @ss:

    they won the world cup … right?

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  • J. Sandhu
    Jan 19, 2013 - 8:07PM

    you must not allow indian players, this is recepie for disaster, you will put other players at risk, leave indians out of this. enjoy your league matches, good luck.

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  • Jan 21, 2013 - 9:31PM

    I am but all surprised at the attitude,wording of comments posted by our neighbor.their perception,mind set says it all.such low mentality just amazes me.On the second hand who asked their view point,why don’t they just concentrate on happening there in Dehli.

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  • Rasheed Awan
    Jan 24, 2013 - 5:55AM

    I am Pakistani and say this with pride
    That India is a great country and Indian people
    Are wonderful people.
    I would love to see Indian players in PSL.
    You guys are welcomed any time.

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  • Bharat
    Jan 24, 2013 - 4:01PM

    I wish Pakistan league success but you must now invite any foreigners as the security situation is getting worse by the day.

    Besides, there are many talented players in Pakistan who deserve a chance to be seen

    If one foreign cricketer is killed,it will hurt the image of Pakistan.

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  • Mohammad Ali
    Jan 24, 2013 - 9:45PM

    I love Pakistan and I am die hard fan of Pakistani cricket but I don’t agree with few things and I liked few things about PSL. To be honest T20 suits Pakistan the best, that’s how Pakistanis like it and this is what we good at but why have a such a crucial event during the election time? And under Zardari govt. We all know Zardari can sell his mother for money son safety will be an issue here. This event should have waited till Imran Khan comes into power then probably next year we should have had this event.

    On Indian players. I think they will be 100 times more welcome in Pakistan than Pakistani ever be welcomed in India.. we all seen that….

    Anyways good luck PCB and Zaka…. I be watching all the games for sure…

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  • Feb 21, 2013 - 3:30PM

    thank you zaka ashraf

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