Pakistan Super League: Players’ contacts will help get more stars

Published: January 16, 2013
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The presence of a player like Hodge could prove vital in the PCB’s mission of reviving international cricket in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

The presence of a player like Hodge could prove vital in the PCB’s mission of reviving international cricket in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) plans of involving international cricketers in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) are likely to get a boost after some Australian players, who took part in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), indicated that they would like to be a part of the event.

It has been learnt that the Pakistani players, who were part of the SLPL, tried convincing foreign players to participate in the PSL and received an encouraging response from them. The Australians  part of SLPL included Brad Hodge, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes and Adam Voges among others.

“Australian players have shown interest in the PSL,” a PCB official told The Express Tribune. “They were receiving $20,000-$35,000 in SLPL and with an opportunity of earning up to $100,000 in Pakistan, we’re hopeful it will be an attractive enough proposition for them. Their presence would be vital to our pursuit of the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.”

The official was hopeful that a successfully executed PSL would help them to host international matches in Pakistan.

“We need to set a precedent through the PSL that Pakistan is safe for sports and it won’t be difficult in convincing teams to play here as it’s right now.”

He added that PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was trying to get PSL declared tax-free so players could reap maximum financial benefits from the event.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • zain
    Jan 16, 2013 - 12:49PM

    $100,000 will definately attract alot of players from around the globe ,i hope PSl is a success as it will go a long way in bringing cricket back to Pakistan.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Well good luck.

    If payment is good and environment is safe then anyone will come without problems.

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  • Zeeshan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Yes, Zaka great job & efforts.

    May Allah bring back International cricket back in Pakistan as we have no safe entertainment left in this part of the world.

    I hope ICC will also plays its role to support pakistan as the head of ICC (South Africa) was also in a same position before.

    Thanks Zaka Sb you are far too better then Ejaz Butt who is the reason we lost Aamir.

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  • muzammil inayat
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:27PM

    thanks pcb and congratulate for starting of psl but if there is 8 teams are here than very wll

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  • Jan 24, 2013 - 11:19AM

    We are certain that, foreign players will come absolutely because they’ll get good sum of money and PCB will also give them good security.

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  • Jan 24, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Foreign player will come because they’ll get good money as compare to srilanka and bangladesh league.

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  • Mar 12, 2013 - 10:17PM

    NB: I have international passport to your advantage

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