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reverse_swing
January 22, 2013, 02:21 PM
By Sam Sheringham
BBC Sport
International cricketers are being strongly advised to reject lucrative offers from Pakistan's new Twenty20 league because of security concerns.
Organisers of the $100m Pakistan Super League say they have had interest from England, South Africa and Australia.
But the global players' union (Fica) has "significant concerns" over safety.
Fica chief executive Tim May told BBC Sport: "I think you'll find the majority of current international cricketers will heed our advice."
Pakistan has not hosted international cricket since armed militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009.
Bangladesh were due to send a team to tour the country in January, but cancelled in December due to security concerns.


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/21144775

cricheart
January 22, 2013, 02:40 PM
Well they atleast found hard-hitting Scotland all-rounder Majid Haq who is interested to play PSL.:-p

akabir77
January 22, 2013, 03:09 PM
All Bookies Line up...

brockley
January 22, 2013, 03:53 PM
England advised its players not to go.
2nd string cricketers?

BANFAN
January 22, 2013, 05:46 PM
This tournament is a myth, until international cricket is open in Pak, no board will give a NOC...
This has been declared by Zaka to keep the players quiet for not providing NOC in BPL...
BPL should make it a policy from now, no Pak players in BPL.. Like iPL

Spiderman
January 22, 2013, 06:08 PM
I just hope BCB refuse to send its players to this PSL of theirs. I'll laugh though if they went after our players despite the fight between BCB and PCB.

Moriarty
January 23, 2013, 02:12 PM
So far honestly it is heading in a far better direction than I would have hoped, sure a lot of big names wont make it but expect a very good turnout in stadiums. The biggest positive for me ? our players will finally get paid some decent money.

HereWeGo
January 23, 2013, 02:41 PM
If you are willing to pay more than 100K (no tax) for 2 weeks of work, I can guarantee a lot of good cricketers will turn up for the event...

Given the high level of competetive cricket that fans can enjoy inside Pakistan after a longgg time, you can be rest assured of a massive crowd... So overall I can see a successful event...

Ajfar
January 23, 2013, 04:07 PM
They should keep their expectation low. 1st season will be the stepping stone, and if they keep doing right things it will probably get better in 2/3 year. This will definitely be a step in the right direction to bring cricket back to Pakistan, it's going to take a while. It won't happen over night.

I think they picked the worst possible date to start the tournament. This tournament is suppose to start exactly 1 week before IPL. That automatically rules out a lot of top international players.

Hamlafan
January 23, 2013, 04:11 PM
They should keep their expectation low. 1st season will be the stepping stone, and if they keep doing right things it will probably get better in 2/3 year. This will definitely be a step in the right direction to bring cricket back to Pakistan, it's going to take a while. It won't happen over night.

I think they picked the worst possible date to start the tournament. This tournament is suppose to start exactly 1 week before IPL. That automatically rules out a lot of top international players.

Maybe they chose the time purposely, for example if foreign players reject to come, they could use the reason like players are playing in IPL and hence... etc

NoName
January 23, 2013, 06:06 PM
One things for sure, there will be a crowd regardless which in turn will lead to higher revenue.

zsayeed
January 23, 2013, 07:35 PM
I am happy for PSL - I hope it is a success. The country makes great cricketers. All encouragement should be there.

Jadukor
January 23, 2013, 09:15 PM
PCB seems desperate for hosting cricket in pakistan. In know it's been awhile since 2009 attacks but still i wonder why take the unnecessary risk at this point. Pakistan team is doing really well, finding young cricketers and winning games abroad. Why they are in so much hurry? Why not set a condition that if a suicide attack or bomb blast doesn't happen for six months then it's an improvement towards right direction. Why not wait for a 12 month period when things are quiet in terms of militant activity?

PoorFan
January 23, 2013, 10:07 PM
I think PSL will be successful regardless of quality foreign players are playing or not. Because they do have high quality local players, have huge fan base in and out of Pakistan, same if not more like India or Bangladesh, all are starving for such competitive event, have enough marcket value for broadcast and franchise, in home and abroad, and finally, probably most importantly their PRIDE or FEAR [whatever way it looks] for not being left behind.

There is nothing to lose but gain, hence bound to be a successful one [in their context], good luck to their fans and their players.

Jadukor
January 23, 2013, 11:09 PM
There is nothing to lose but gain, hence bound to be a successful one [in their context], good luck to their fans and their players.

I disagree. There is everything to lose. Just imagine something happening to a foreign player during the course of the tournament. That will be the end of international cricket in Pakistan.

PoorFan
January 24, 2013, 12:41 AM
I disagree. There is everything to lose. Just imagine something happening to a foreign player during the course of the tournament. That will be the end of international cricket in Pakistan.
Well, I dont think they are sitting out there all these days wondering what if something happens, instead of working on that regard. They got to start somewhere towards bringing back international cricket in home, and PSL is a good initiative to start with. Even ICC have encouraged this initiative few days ago If I am not wrong. However question still remain on how many international cricket board will issue NOC to their players.

kalpurush
January 24, 2013, 01:35 AM
I am happy for PSL - I hope it is a success. The country makes great cricketers. All encouragement should be there.
+1

Wish the Pakistani players all the best. But,
NOT PCB for being naughty with BCB!!

Maysun
January 24, 2013, 10:32 AM
2m USD insurance policy and tax free incomes for the foreign recruits! WTH :-|

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/601992.html?CMP=chrome

Zunaid
January 24, 2013, 10:36 AM
2m USD insurance policy and tax free incomes for the foreign recruits! WTH :-|

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/601992.html?CMP=chrome

It's a business. You make an offer the client cannot refuse.

Jonas
January 24, 2013, 10:44 AM
Any cricketer going to Pakistan to play in the PSL will be in a far bigger risk than in an international tour. With international teams you only need to look after the security of one group of players (even which they failed to do in 2009). But with 6/7 PSL teams the security for each individual team is bound to be worse.

ialbd
January 24, 2013, 10:52 AM
after claiming Pak to be safe for international players/teams PCB offers life insurance 'just in case' ??

bepok hashir source news ta...

Spiderman
January 24, 2013, 12:23 PM
Pakistan is unsafe just look at the news for yourself. I am 75% sure there will be 1 or more major incidents during that PSL. I hope none of our players go there don't think they will considering we have tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe during that time anyway.

HereWeGo
January 24, 2013, 12:37 PM
Dont worry if you die.... we give you 2million dollars to buy a bling bling casket... :D

zsayeed
January 24, 2013, 01:13 PM
2m USD insurance policy and tax free incomes for the foreign recruits! WTH :-|

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/601992.html?CMP=chrome

Since insurance policy can be issued says something about the actuarial feasibility.

Moriarty
January 24, 2013, 01:30 PM
High insurance = very high risk, but that is already known its going to be a high-risk tournament so offering a sizeable insurance means the security detail you will be providing will be equally efficient.

+ Tax-free payout and all that in just 15 days ? I think they came up with a decent proposal, lets see if anyone is willing to bite.

NoName
January 24, 2013, 04:00 PM
So far they've secured some great umpires.

Moriarty
January 24, 2013, 05:47 PM
Former South African allrounder Mike Proctor, fellow countryman Rudi Koertzen and Zimbabwean Russell Tiffin were Thursday confirmed as match officials for Pakistan’s Twenty20 league.

Although all three have retired as top-level ICC (International Cricket Council) officials, their confirmation is the first sign of foreign participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which starts from March 26.

“The PSL is pleased to announce that, apart from Pakistani umpires Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf, three other match officials Procter, Koertzen and Tiffin have confirmed their participation in the PSL 2013,” said a PCB release.

Rest of the story at

tribune.com.pk/story/498908/cricket-pcb-confirms-three-ex-icc-officials-for-psl/

Shubho
January 24, 2013, 09:22 PM
Not a fan of anything Paksitanian myself, but I must admit that they are approaching the whole thing very shrewdly. They're certainly not being nearly as incompetent as our lot. Most admirable part is that they're not making any stupid, over-hasty announcements. Our guys, for example, say Carl Hooper is interested in coaching Bangladesh, only for him to then turn around and say that he isn't. The PCB say that they have secured international match officials and then present statements from each one verifying that.

Got to hand it to them. Fewer schmucks running PCB than BCB. Just wish our guys could act professionally.

Jadukor
January 24, 2013, 10:34 PM
things are looking good for the tournament but haven't read anything about the franchise owners

Who are buying the franchises for PSL?

al Furqaan
January 24, 2013, 11:22 PM
Not a fan of anything Paksitanian myself, but I must admit that they are approaching the whole thing very shrewdly. They're certainly not being nearly as incompetent as our lot. Most admirable part is that they're not making any stupid, over-hasty announcements. Our guys, for example, say Carl Hooper is interested in coaching Bangladesh, only for him to then turn around and say that he isn't. The PCB say that they have secured international match officials and then present statements from each one verifying that.

Got to hand it to them. Fewer schmucks running PCB than BCB. Just wish our guys could act professionally.

Its possible that Zaka is a decent leader unlike Butt before him. It remains to be seen if Papon can do the same for us. If this BPL gets managed better, then we can say he did well considering how the PCB did all they could to sabatoge the BPL.

That being said, lets see if international umpires and players show up to the tournament. If not, then it will just be a Faysal Bank T20.

Also 2 million dollar insurance plans are a lot, and 100,000 dollar bases is a lot for a board that can't even give domestic players a raise. I doubt the franchises are giving the insurance policy.

Habib
January 27, 2013, 03:08 AM
Wonder what would be the insurance amount if any such tournament were to take place in Afghanistan.

BANFAN
January 27, 2013, 06:24 AM
I'm confident that this tournament isn't happening...it will get stuck at some stage.

brockley
January 27, 2013, 03:33 PM
Will bangla players be given a noc.

BANFAN
January 27, 2013, 04:07 PM
Will bangla players be given a noc.

They aren't even asking for BD players, so they won't need a NOC...:)

Habib
January 28, 2013, 02:56 AM
Will bangla players be given a noc.

What about the Aussie players? Anyone interested in some adventure?

brockley
January 28, 2013, 12:10 PM
Not sure cloak and dagger atm,tim may said NO.

zsayeed
January 30, 2013, 12:19 PM
Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/21259108)
" "I am quite astounded by the reception of broadcast interest and sponsors interest and by some good players.
"At this stage I am not at liberty to release names, but they are from across the globe." "

Roni_uk
January 30, 2013, 01:28 PM
com on .. only a country like Pak can put a value to a players life and apparently its $2m. In other words, if the player dies of terrorist atrocity, his family will receive $2m, paid the insurance company? What if the insurance company goes bust - which is quite possible in a place like Pak.

The fact that they have to offer insurance to a player says it all about the country's security concerns. I hope BCB boycotts PSL.

cricball
January 30, 2013, 01:36 PM
Well they atleast found hard-hitting Scotland all-rounder Majid Haq who is interested to play PSL.:-p
And I want to play there ...ha ha ha.May they be bought me..

Jadukor
January 30, 2013, 09:06 PM
2m life insurance sounds so comforting. It's the same pleasant feeling when the flight crew tells you there is a life jacket under your seat with light bulbs.

Moriarty
January 30, 2013, 11:40 PM
@ all the concerned fans (sic)

PSL is happening and besides according to you guys your players wouldn't wanna be anywhere near the league so why worry about the insurance :) or life jackets with light bulbs

cricheart
January 31, 2013, 06:32 AM
@ all the concerned fans (sic)

PSL is happening and besides according to you guys your players wouldn't wanna be anywhere near the league so why worry about the insurance :) or life jackets with light bulbs

lol nice troll post with me & you thing. You might find it hard to grasp, but we do have light skinned bros in there, and care safety of them as well. tbh I'm feeling comfortable with this life insurance policy PCB providing to play in PSL. I aint sure, this maybe better package than joining US troops to fight terrorist in Pakistan. I'm sure cricketers arround the world are willing take such lucrative job. If I had a chance, I would take it :D.

Leafs PWN
January 31, 2013, 09:44 AM
@ all the concerned fans (sic)

PSL is happening and besides according to you guys your players wouldn't wanna be anywhere near the league so why worry about the insurance :) or life jackets with light bulbs

This is a thread about discussing PSL, and that's what we're doing. It's not only about Bangladeshi players in the PSL. If you haven't noticed, its in the Internation Cricket section, and not Bangladesh Cricket one.

Maysun
February 8, 2013, 11:19 AM
Looks like PSL is getting postponed

reverse_swing
February 8, 2013, 11:50 AM
I'm confident that this tournament isn't happening...it will get stuck at some stage.

You were so right. :up:

Rabz
February 8, 2013, 12:21 PM
They need more time to beg and plead. Not everyone is bcb that you can try to force.
PSL already failed before it started.

al Furqaan
February 8, 2013, 06:43 PM
This isn't just a postponement...its an indefinite one which means there are serious issues. I am sure no foreign players expressed support except for county 2nd XI guys and their equivalents in other countries. But even then, who would risk serious injury or death for just $50,000 dollars or so, and thats IF the PSL pays up. SLPL, BPL and IPL have payment issues, so its impossible to expect PSL to be on top of things.

This doesn't mean the PSL won't happen, but right now it looks likely that it will never get off the ground and even if it does will most likely fizzle out after the first season.

BANFAN
February 9, 2013, 03:38 PM
You were so right. :up:

Thanks :) .... that was quiet visible, given some of the problems are absolutely non negotiable.....

Eshen
February 11, 2013, 12:37 AM
Poor Paikkas, they lost both aam and chala :P


The sudden decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board to postpone it’s much-hyped Super League T20 has left many players, who were stopped from playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, disappointed and upset.

The PCB didn’t issue NOCs to around three dozen Pakistani players, many of them notable names, in January to play in the BPL after franchises brought them for handsome amounts in the players auction for the second edition of the BPL.

The PCB took its stand in apparent retaliation to the refusal of the Bangladesh cricket board to not send its team to Pakistan in January because of security fears.

"Now what will happen to our lost earnings. We were hoping that we will be compensated through the PSL but now only god knows when it will be organized," a leading player told PTI on Saturday.

The general reaction from cricketers was that the PCB should have allowed the players to play in the BPL and earn some good money.

"After refusing us permission the board had indicated it would compensate us through the PSL," one player pointed out.

Most of the players, who didn’t want to be named for obvious reasons and who have played for Pakistan, said they were apprehensive from the start whether the PSL would be held as announced by the board in March-April due to the uncertain security situation in the country.

"I don’t know on what grounds the board was sure it could organize the PSL," another player said.

The players who were not allowed to go for the BPL lost out on an earnings ranging from 280,000 to 300,000 dollars.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=72348

Jadukor
February 11, 2013, 02:25 AM
Chronology of reactions I have heard from some Pakistani fans

Cancellation of our tour to Pakistan over security reasons
i) You betrayed us by promising to tour and then not honoring it. We don't care if bombs go off every
week and people die! a man's word is a man's word!!

After waiting till the last moment to cancel on BPL
ii) haha justice served... you tricked us by not touring and now this is the price you pay for it! take that!!

After BPL found replacement players quickly despite all the problems
iii) Who cares about BPL organized by a minnow board and comprised of mediocre players. It will not succeed without the stars from pakistan

After BPL gains attention pays decent amount of money and delivers good games
iv) Country's honor comes first, who cares about BPL money! we have PSL which will pay millions more just wait and see!

After PSL is cancelled
v) its okay BPL wouldn't have paid the players anyways... it's better to watch the test series