SLPL to kick-start World T20 preparations

Published: August 10, 2012
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The SLPL will help the Pakistani players get used to the conditions in Sri Lanka. PHOTO: AFP

The SLPL will help the Pakistani players get used to the conditions in Sri Lanka. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Preparations for the 2012 World Twenty20 will kick-start on an individual level from tomorrow with the launch of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), a tournament that features a number of Pakistan players.

With the format gaining immense popularity, the trend of signing foreign players follows on from the IPL and, for most players, this will not only be a chance to get used to the conditions ahead of the World Twenty20, where England will defend their title, but also make an impression on the selection committees as they bid to have their name included in the final squad — the deadline for which is August 18.

Wahab, Fawad signed

While discarded players Wahab Riaz and Fawad Alam received fresh contracts, the signing of Kamran Akmal, who was also approached by the organisers, could not be confirmed.

As many as 14 Pakistan cricketers including the senior members of the team initially signed a contract for the inaugural competition. The new signings have now increased the number of Pakistan players in the league.

While Riaz had left for Sri Lanka in advance, Alam reached Colombo late on Thursday.

“It will be my first foreign league after the Bangladesh event,” Alam told The Express Tribune. “I am looking forward to a good performance. This event features top cricketers and a good performance here will boost my confidence. My priority is to regain my place in the national team for which I’ve been working very hard.”

Tournament information

The event features seven franchises – Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Kandurata Warriors, Nagenahira Nagas, Ruhuna Royals, Uthura Rudras, Uva Next, Wayamba United – that will take part on a single-league basis, playing a total of six games each.

The top-four will go through to the semi-finals on August 28 and 29 before the final takes place on August 31.

SLPL:

Pakistan players

Misbahul Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Imran Farhat, Fawad Alam, Umar Gul, Hammad Azam, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Azhar Mehmood

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Ganesh
    Aug 10, 2012 - 10:14AM

    Will SPL succeed without Cricket pre eminent power India supporting it?No Indian players and no backing from BCCI!!Hence no Indian sponsors and ad revenue from 1.2 billion population!!

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  • Ali
    Aug 10, 2012 - 10:17AM

    Best of luck to Pakistan players and SLPL.

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  • Ali
    Aug 10, 2012 - 12:17PM

    @Ganesh:
    For your information Indian giant Mahindra and Mahindra ($15.4 billion automobile company) gets SLPL title sponsorship.
    http://www.thehindu.com/sport/football/article3742921.ece

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  • Aug 10, 2012 - 2:02PM

    @Ali:
    Apart from what ganesh said i want to put your fact in perspective. though SLPL got sponsorship from India but it is not for advertising to 1.2 billion Indians. mahindra is an international company and they sell tens of thousands of vehicles in SL so they are targeting local SL market only.

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  • S
    Aug 10, 2012 - 2:16PM

    I wish Junaid khan was playing too!

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  • beamlife
    Aug 10, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Muhammad irfan has been playing really well, recently, he should be given a chance in this event.

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  • Waqas
    Aug 10, 2012 - 4:09PM

    @Vishnu Dutta: Who cares for 1.2 billion indians, it does not make any difference that indian players are taking part or not.

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  • Ali Syed
    Aug 10, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Are all Indians like you guys?

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