ICL: Indian Cricket League

Back Off from PPL Deal

Written by Commoner on December 5th, 2008   (45 views)

In a very wise decision, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has scrapped off the plans to introduce Twenty20 league matches in Pakistan, which were scheduled to be held next year. The new chairman of PCB has no interest in the so-called Pakistan Premier League which the former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf had planned to launch with a bang in September or October next year.

Security concerns of the foreign players and the financial restraints are the biggest reasons why PCB cannot hold the proposed Twenty20 league in Pakistan next year. It suffered major losses earlier this year when Australia postponed their tour in March-April, due to the security apprehensions. Then this fall another blow came when the International Cricket Council (ICC) was forced to relocate the Champions Trophy to next September after five of the eight competing teams refused to travel to Pakistan. The event was supposed to be played in Karachi and Lahore in September. That has put PCB in dire happenings.

According to the previous PCB plans, the premier league would have featured six franchised teams starring top Pakistani and even foreign players. PCB hasn’t got any sponsors so far and no serious and star foreign player has shown any interest.

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