PCB to offer foreign cricketers $20,000 each to play PSL final in Lahore

Published: July 21, 2016
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Islamabad United pose with the trophy of the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League in Dubai. PHOTO: AFP

Islamabad United pose with the trophy of the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League in Dubai. PHOTO: AFP

In order to convince foreign players to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) final in Lahore, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is ready to offer extra financial reward to overseas recruits and better accommodation facilities at National Cricket Academy (NCA), Press Trust of India reported on Thursday.

Speaking to media in Lahore, PSL chairman Najam Sethi said that overseas players were being offered extra money to play the final in the city. “We are offering them at least $20000 each if they play the final in Lahore,” he said.

PCB has already begun the process of signing new overseas players for PSL’s upcoming edition, with New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, England’s Eoin Morgan, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and South Africa’s Albie Morkel already on board.

McCullum, Morgan set to be part of PSL

Sethi also said that some foreign players have already agreed to play the PSL final in the city. “I can assure you that the PSL final in Lahore will be bigger than the one held in UAE last February,” he said.

The chairman added that 14 new rooms with top-class facilities were being constructed at the NCA adjacent to the Gaddafi stadium as accommodation for these players. He said the plan was to have accommodation for the teams at the NCA as part of the security plan for the PSL final.

Pakistan Super League retention window opens

No top team has toured Pakistan since March 2009 after militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus near Gaddafi stadium. However, the board recently bought four bulletproof buses as a measure to convince other teams to shed their security apprehensions and visit the country.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Fahim
    Jul 21, 2016 - 5:45PM

    extra payments should not be declared in public. Real value and benefits are lost due to it Recommend

  • Kickass
    Jul 21, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Sethi is trying to make up for what nonsense he uttered about Security in Pakistan. He said that to ensure players do not accept. We have people like Mahmood Achakzai and his facilitator all over.Recommend

  • i
    Jul 21, 2016 - 8:43PM

    Though I would love for the PSL final to be held in Pakistan but it is too risky the security issue does exist and we should take no chance.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jul 21, 2016 - 10:53PM

    So Mr. Sethi, as per your calculations, the cost of the life of these players is $20,000. We did not expect this from you. Recommend

  • Syed A Hussain
    Jul 22, 2016 - 8:17AM

    @ Sandip. As Per Your Logic, Price Of An Indian Or Pakistani Soldier’s Life Is Rs 20k/Month?. Give It A Break, Sethi Is Trying TO Give Lahore A Moment To Cheer & Celebrate. Recommend

  • Junaid Ahmed Jajja
    Jul 23, 2016 - 6:07PM

    Hussain what a reply broRecommend

  • Sandip
    Jul 24, 2016 - 2:41AM

    @Syed A Hussain: Not as per my logic, but as per Mr. Sethi’s logic dear. And you have made the precise point. The cricketers are not soldiers that they will be willing to put their lives on the line for a pittance, and be paid back with probably gratitude. By saying that they are offering $20,000, he has made a mockery of the players.
    But I do hope and pray that Mr. Sethi’s efforts to bring international cricket back to lahore and to Pakistan bear fruits sooner than later. And I do hope that the rest of the cricket boards support him in this endeavour, more specifically the BCCI.Recommend

  • nadeem bhatti
    Aug 29, 2016 - 9:16AM

    I wish the final of super league will play in Pakistan Lahore and my favourite time Lahore qalander win the titil super leagueRecommend

  • Faisal
    Sep 20, 2016 - 2:13PM

    Atleas the PCB is trying to bring back cricket to Pakistan in any way possible. Altough with the amount of tension created by India I dodnot see this happening!Recommend

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