Published On: Tue, Nov 3rd, 2015

Pakistan Super League needs to progress



Pakistan currently has its individual description of the Indian Premier League. To be reasonable, it was merely a stuff of time. Subsequent to India, if there is a single state that can match the cricketing loyalty of its ardent admirers, it is Pakistan.

In current years, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and still the West Indies initiated their individual editions of the IPL, through changeable degrees of achievement. But Pakistan didn’t fairly administer to acquire stuff off the ground. A gigantic aspect was the actuality that worldwide teams were not ready to visit Pakistan for the reason of the safety concerns.

But effects appear to be gazing up at present. After years of ambiguity, the Pakistan Cricket Board finally explores tangible tactics for the Pakistan Super League in September. The introductory version is a position to start in February 2016.

It will pursue akin design to the other franchise-based Twenty20 leagues in the globe, with five franchises showing the five provincial capitals – Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – with prize money of $1 million.

And the PSL isn’t probably to be small of gigantic names. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara are amid the more than 100 players who have signed up for the tournament.

Ground realities

The mere caution is the place. Regardless of being labeled the Pakistan Super League, the occasion will not be organized in Pakistan. While Qatar was the novel location, the Pakistan Cricket Board later affirmed that the primary version of the PSL would get a position in the United Arab Emirates.

The PCB actually did not contain much preference in the stuff. The majority international cricket teams yet think Pakistan out of limits. The Pakistani national cricket team carry on to play their home games in the UAE. Zimbabwe experienced the waters in May by visiting Pakistan. Nevertheless, there is yet an elongated way to depart prior to other teams will be eager to place the foot in Pakistan.

Still so, the PCB attempted it’s greatest most excellent to host the occasion on home soil. They originally get in touch with agencies treatment a number of the apex international players to think playing in Pakistan, but the reply was unconstructive.

Lacking the contribution of Twenty20 heavyweights like Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen, the Pakistan Super League would have eventually twisted to be a damp squib. Consequently, the shift to a location exterior Pakistan creates sensible business sagacity.

Looking at the positives

In a talk with the PCB Executive Committee chief Najam Sethi said that he was sure that hosting the PSL overseas would eventually assist Pakistan. Sethi explicated that supplementary than the site, there would be a bigger marketable interest in the Pakistan trademark, which would answer in improved performer compensation.

In Pakistan, the disappointment at not being capable of gazing at its luminaries reside is anger with the expect that it may direct to a renaissance of Pakistani cricket.

“Look, it is true that people here badly want the PSL to be in Pakistan as we have been in cricketing isolation,” stated Faisal Zaidi, “But let us be realistic, if it was held in Pakistan, no one would have come here. If it is played in the UAE and if it becomes successful, there is a chance that it will be moved to Pakistan after one or two seasons.”

Shorter format

Two further characteristics distinguish the PSL from the IPL.

The primary aspect is the figure of teams – dissimilar the IPL, the PSL will merely have five teams, which shows that the whole contest will encompass of merely 24 matches. That is too shorter than the IPL, where eight teams at present play each other more than an epoch of approximately two months.

The second aspect is the auction method. The PCB will pursue the sketch design tracked by the Caribbean Premier League, where every performer is set in a specific group and selected by vote. In the views of Sethi, this will guarantee that Pakistani players will build the similar money as international players.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.