Younis Khan

Younis Khan led Pakistan to World Twenty20 title in England in 2009 © Getty Images

Karachi: Jul 26, 2013

Former skippers, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, have called on the cricket authorities in Pakistan to organise a domestic Twenty20 league on the lines of the hugely-popular Indian Premier League (IPL) to help revive international cricket in the strife-torn nation.

The two seasoned campaigners spoke at the prize distribution ceremony of the first-ever T20 Ramazan tournament for departments and banks affiliated with the PCB, which was won by Younis Khan-led Habib Bank with the exciting final being decided in the super over.

Younis, while accepting the winner’s trophy, said the tournament has once again proved that the PCB needs to organise a proper Twenty20 league in the country.

“It was a good experience playing in such a tournament that lasted for three weeks. I enjoyed it. I think the people also enjoyed it. But there is a need to have a longer T20 league on the lines of the IPL,” Younis said.

“We need to have a longer league and give out a positive message to the world. Such a league would also allow us to uncover new talent as well,” he said.

Malik said he has no doubt that a proper T20 league would produce next superstars for Pakistan and also bring back teams to the country.

“It’s a tragedy that we have not had any international cricket in Pakistan since the last four years and it has hurt the progress of our cricket,” he said.

“But this could be a way to convince the world to come and play in Pakistan. It could be a way to attract overseas players,” he added.

The Pakistan board had planned a super league T20 in March this year and announced with great fanfare the inclusion of foreign players but the project did not get off the ground at the last moment and has been postponed indefinitely.