Pakistan Super League will offer more attractive packages than IPL: Zaka Ashraf

PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said that there are plans to make the income of players entirely tax-free during the tournament © Getty Images

Lahore: Jan 23, 2013

Cricketers participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament will get more remuneration compared to the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL), if PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf is to be believed.

Speaking to the Dawn, Ashraf said that the PCB hopes players from around the world will respond positively to the PSL.

“We are in contact with all boards regarding the PSL. We are offering the players more attractive packages than the Indian Premier League and have great hope that many top players of the world will respond positively to it,” he said.

Ashraf said that there are plans to make the income of players entirely tax-free during the tournament.

“The PCB is also making efforts to get the PSL income absolutely tax-free because it will be a boost for the players,” he said.

Admitting that people’s perception about touring Pakistan had changed drastically after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, Ashraf said that things aren’t as bad as they seem.

“There is lot of effort required to change this perception because things are definitely not so bad here,” said Ashraf.

“We react the same way in Pakistan when we hear news about a fire in Australian’s forests, thinking that a large part of that country is burning which is not the truth.”

Ashraf revealed that the PCB would offer the best security to players and their families and also announces a US$2million insurance for each player.

He also urged the media to join hands with the PCB and promote peace, hoping to attract foreign players to the league.

Responding to suggestions that the PCB organise their Under-19 and ‘A’ team tours at neutral venues, Ashraf said, “…we can’t meet their demands to organise U-19 and ‘A’ teams series at neutral venues because the competitions at these level have no emotional or marketing value for our people, so it will be a total financial loss for us.”