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Old January 22, 2013, 02:21 PM
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By Sam Sheringham
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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
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Old January 22, 2013, 02:40 PM
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Well they atleast found hard-hitting Scotland all-rounder Majid Haq who is interested to play PSL.
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Old January 22, 2013, 03:09 PM
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Old January 22, 2013, 03:53 PM
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England advised its players not to go.
2nd string cricketers?
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:46 PM
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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
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Old January 22, 2013, 06:08 PM
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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.
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Old January 23, 2013, 02:12 PM
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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.
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Old January 23, 2013, 02:41 PM
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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...
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Old January 23, 2013, 04:07 PM
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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.
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Old January 23, 2013, 04:11 PM
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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
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Old January 23, 2013, 06:06 PM
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One things for sure, there will be a crowd regardless which in turn will lead to higher revenue.
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Old January 23, 2013, 07:35 PM
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I am happy for PSL - I hope it is a success. The country makes great cricketers. All encouragement should be there.
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Old January 23, 2013, 09:15 PM
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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?
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Old January 23, 2013, 10:07 PM
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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.
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Old January 23, 2013, 11:09 PM
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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.
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Old January 24, 2013, 12:41 AM
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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.
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I am happy for PSL - I hope it is a success. The country makes great cricketers. All encouragement should be there.
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Wish the Pakistani players all the best. But,
NOT PCB for being naughty with BCB!!
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Old January 24, 2013, 10:32 AM
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2m USD insurance policy and tax free incomes for the foreign recruits! WTH

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...tml?CMP=chrome
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2m USD insurance policy and tax free incomes for the foreign recruits! WTH

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...tml?CMP=chrome
It's a business. You make an offer the client cannot refuse.
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Old January 24, 2013, 10:44 AM
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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.
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after claiming Pak to be safe for international players/teams PCB offers life insurance 'just in case' ??

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Old January 24, 2013, 12:23 PM
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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.
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Old January 24, 2013, 12:37 PM
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Old January 24, 2013, 01:13 PM
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2m USD insurance policy and tax free incomes for the foreign recruits! WTH

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...tml?CMP=chrome
Since insurance policy can be issued says something about the actuarial feasibility.
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Old January 24, 2013, 01:30 PM
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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.
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