Home > News >

Pakistan Super League to be held from March 26 – April 7

Pakistan Super League to be held from March 26 - April 7

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said the idea behind the league was to exploit the popularity of T20 cricket in the country © AFP

Karachi: Jan 11, 2012

The Pakistan Cricket Board will hold its first International Super League Twenty20 tournament from March 26 to April 7 this year but it is not clear whether any overseas players have agreed to participate in the event.
 
PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said the response so far from the players and their agents contacted has been very good.
 
“We are hopeful that we will get a good turnout of overseas players for the Pakistan Super League,” he told the media at the logo unveiling ceremony of the league in Lahore.
 
Also present were the former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat and the captains of the Pakistan ODI and T20 squads — Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez — besides other top Board officials.
 
Ashraf said Lorgat had been appointed advisor for the league and was also helping sign overseas players.
 
Lorgat said it was a good step taken by Pakistan to launch its own league as T20 cricket clearly had a bright future in the country.
 
“T20 cricket is getting popular by the day and every ICC member country has the right to host its own league. Pakistan has done hard work and I hope with foreign players’ participation the outside world will change its perceptions about the country,” Lorgat said.
 
The PCB is reportedly paying Lorgat a monthly retainer of USD 25,000 for his advisory job.
 
Ashraf also announced that around USD 100 million would go into hosting the league which would be contested by five franchises representing the main regions of the country.
 
“Each region will be allowed six overseas players, 10 local players and two emerging players. After the first three years they are plans to increase the teams as well,” he said.

Ashraf said the idea behind the league was to exploit the popularity of T20 cricket in Pakistan.

“The other purpose obviously is to show the world that it is safe enough to play in Pakistan. We are hopeful once the super league is held the doors will open for international cricket to return to the country,” he said.

No Test-playing nation has visited Pakistan since March, 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver and wounding five of the visiting players.

The dates of the league are such that the Pakistani players will go into it immediately after returning from a tour of South Africa.

Ashraf also said a proper secretariat had been set up to organise the league and look after all its issues which is headed by Sarwar Salman Butt, a banker by profession.

He said that leading business houses of the country had shown interest in buying the franchises and players would be signed through a bidding process to ensure that the event was also financially lucrative.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here