PCB planning IPL-style event in Dubai

April 13, 2011

IPL 2008 was the only one in which Pakistan’s players took part. After that, the terror attacks of 26/11 on Mumbai ensured that no Pakistan players have been a part of the cash-rich Indian league. However, now the PCB reportedly plans to launch their own equivalent of the IPL, which will be played in Dubai.

According to a report in cricinfo, Sultan Rana, chief of PCB’s domestic cricket department, told Pakpassion.net that plans for a T20 League had been in the pipeline for a while but had to be put on the back-burner after the attack on Sri Lanka’s cricketers in March 2009, subsequent to which no team has toured Pakistan.

“We first considered the idea a couple of years ago,” he was quoted as saying.

“The documents were complete and we were all set to go, but the attack on the Sri Lankan team meant that we had to shelve all of our plans at that time.

“I recently went to Sri Lanka during the World Cup and spoke to many other countries’ board representatives, but apart from Sri Lanka they are reluctant to send their players to Pakistan. So, that presents a problem for us. We simply cannot host the tournament in Pakistan if we want to attract the top players.”

The ground-reality of cricket not being possible in Pakistan, led to the idea of Dubai as the host city for the league. Rana said that it would run along similar lines to the Indian Premier League.

“What we are trying to do is to organise a competition in Dubai. This idea was discussed in the past and has very much been in our plans and is still on the table. I’m sure we (PCB) can organise this tournament, which will run along the lines of the Indian Premier League.”

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