Pakistan Super League: Foreign players’ quota may be increased in PSL

Published: January 31, 2013

The PCB faces a stiff task of holding the Pakistan Super League successfully amid security concerns. PHOTO: PCB

KARACHI: With less than two months remaining for the launch of Pakistan Super League (PSL), its governing council is considering the possibility of increasing the pool of foreign players from 30 to 40 on the basis of encouraging response to the event.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced that the league will get underway from March 26 and it has been learnt that the contacts between the agents and foreign players have increased substantially.

“We’re seriously thinking of increasing the pool of foreign players from 30 to 40,” a senior PCB official working on the PSL told The Express Tribune. “Eight foreign players could be given to each of the five franchises instead of the initial quota of six but only four will become part of the playing XI.”

There have been growing questions about the ability of the PCB of making PSL a reality with big names from the cricketing world taking part in it. But the official said that his team remains confident as they have reached an agreement with some players while they are close to finalising others.

According to reports, the Pakistan team which is on touring South Africa has been briefed by the PCB to try and get top players from the number one team to become part of the venture.

While several national T20 leagues are being monitored for prospective players, it is being speculated that players from the Caribbean T20 may feature heavily in the PSL.

Selection committee submits 70-player list

Meanwhile, the national selection committee led by Iqbal Qasim has prepared a list of 70 domestic players to undergo PSL’s auction – likely to be held in the last week of February or the first week of March – and has submitted it to the PCB.

All players – domestic and foreign – will be placed in five categories for the auction and the bidding for players in the diamond category will start at $100,000, platinum at $75,000, gold at $50,000, silver at $25,000 and $5,000 to $10,000 will be the initial bids for emerging players.

“We’ve completed our draft and have sent it to the PCB,” said one of the members of the selection committee. “We gave our opinion by placing the players in respective categories but the board will have the final world.”

A PSL official commented that besides taking the selection committee on board, the governing council will also have to consider the marketing side of the T20 league. He further said the placement of a star attraction in a lower category would be detrimental to the image of PSL.

PCB rebuffs reports about Cricket Australia

The PCB has rebuffed reports that Cricket Australia (CA) has said it would not be supportive of any international or state contracted players participating in the PSL due to security concerns.

“We’ve received nothing from CA officially and thus feel that such reports are baseless,” a PCB media department official said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 31st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jan 31, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Well reality is reality. Can’t see Top current players coming and playing in PSL for first few years but still whatever comes on our way, should be accepted gratefully.The basic thing will be the investments and finance involved in this League. You put more money in it, whole world will die to play in it in coming years. We can host a league just below IPL in Pakistan due to population, cricket’s popularity, spending trends of Advertisers. Can hope to wear Lahore Fan jersey very soon. Best of Luck PSL.

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  • Sam
    Jan 31, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Maybe postpone till next year, its election year

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  • sensible
    Jan 31, 2013 - 9:03PM

    I feel that league would be dominated by the players from Srilanka and West Indies. Don’t see players coming from Eng, Aus or Sa. But if they does that will be great for PSL.

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 1, 2013 - 5:13AM

    Whatever the case, it is great to see PCB going in the right direction. At least some institution is doing something creative in Pakistan unlike the rest of the derailing institutions. We should support our Board in whatever they are trying to achieve and fill the stadiums and show the world how cricket fanatics we are. Really looking forward to this year edition of the PSL. It will be interesting to see how it grows in future.

    Best of Luck to all who are involved and I hope Karachi wins it :)

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  • Sidster
    Feb 1, 2013 - 5:50AM

    It is a good start. We will get better. Pay attention to Security for domestic & foreign players and the viewers in the Stadium. When we start this event off right, it will be great for domestic cricket players and cable operator. This event will also bring revenue to our cash starve stadiums to rebuilt and renovate to international standard. Good Luck and Allah bless this venture, Ameen.Recommend

  • sameer
    Feb 1, 2013 - 6:26AM

    It will be flop cause we don’t have infrastructure an support of foreign sponsors and players.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Feb 1, 2013 - 12:24PM

    @sameer:
    {It will be flop cause we don’t have infrastructure an support of foreign sponsors and players}

    Please don’t rob us of our moment of optimism. You should support the valiant efforts of BCCP in the face of overwhelming odds. Or do you have a better proposition to break out of isolation?

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  • Aria
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:27AM

    PSL will be a success with your standard..Based on the existing situation if PSL can attract SL and West Indies players that would be the 1st step in the right direction….So not worry about other players….There is a saying that “Mobs follow the leaders….leaders never follow the mob”…So if PSL can be sustainable with support of its well wishers for initial 3-5 year, then with lure of money players will start coming to play here….

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  • ishaq khalil
    Feb 2, 2013 - 10:32AM

    inshaallah many experienced players will come to pakistan for playing our super league

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  • muhammad hanif
    Feb 4, 2013 - 10:42PM

    @Waseem Sarwar:
    for your kind information just wana tell you that we got many top level batsmen like gayle,gibbs,ponting,jayasuria,malinga and gillghirst.IN SHA ALLAH super league will shock the world there will be many many big names.just pray for its success.

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  • Hanzla
    Mar 15, 2013 - 10:11PM

    PSl will return cricket in pakistan

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