PCB confident of launching T20 league next year

Paksitan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf admitted that the absence of any international cricket in Pakistan remained a painful challenge for the board Getty Images

Lahore: Aug 29, 2012

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has said Pakistan’s plans to launch the country’s own international T20 premier league have been shelved to next year.

Ashraf told reporters in Multan that although lot of planning had already gone into the proposed premier league event but it would not be possible to hold it this year.

“I think realistically speaking we should be able to launch it sometime in March next year and we will be inviting overseas players to participate in the event and make it successful,” he said.

The PCB has been working on launching its premier league in the footsteps of the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and Sri Lankan Premier League for the last few months and recently also advertised the position of league commissioner.

Pakistan is the only country in the South Asian region still without an international flavored T20 league although it is among the pioneering nations that started organizing domestic T20 tournaments successfully.

Ashraf also admitted that while succeeding in getting the Indian cricket board to restore bilateral cricket ties between the two nations was a big achievement of the PCB but the absence of any international cricket in Pakistan remained a painful challenge for the board. (PTI)