By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Various cricket playing nations have launched their own brands of T20 leagues to earn money as well as to provide local players with a change to exhibit their talent. However, Pakistan’s case is unique in this regard because along with the two mentioned facts, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has to confront with another daunting task of somewhat negating country’s negative impression.
In Pakistan the initiative was widely appreciated however former Pakistan Captain Amir Sohail feels that the ultimate objective would only be achieved only if a reasonable number of current international players participate in the Pakistan Super League. “The objective of the PCB is to rope in foreign players to build a strong case for the international cricket revival to Pakistan. This goal will only be achieved if contracted current players from major cricket playing countries come and play in Pakistan.”, said Amir Sohail while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“If active foreign players show up [for PSL] then the case of those reluctant to visit Pakistan would get weaker and Pakistan’s case get stronger subsequently”, adds Amir Sohail
The Pakistan Cricket Board has recently announced to launch Pakistan Super T20 league, which is scheduled to commence from March 26th. Haroon Lorgat, the former CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been hired as the consultant for the league by the PCB.
The former left-handed opener also questioned the wisdom behind the appointment of Haroon Lorgat for the PSL, adding that the non-involvement of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) might turnout as hindrance for the PSL. “Instead of Lorgat, the PCB should have started off by engaging the FICA in the first place. Tim May [FIFA, CEO] could play a part in the future, I am afraid”, said Amir Sohail.
“Anyway now Lorgat is appointed, so let’s see how he works. I wish him all the best”, concludes Amir Sohail