Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi: With the list of international players, ready to participate in the Pakistan Super League, is swelling with every passing day, the in-charge of the project, Najam Sethi hopes to make the event only second to the trendsetter, Indian Premier League (IPL). “The buildup is on the right track and the consent from players like Christ Gayle and Darren Sammy gave it a timely impetus. It will surely entice other big names to join in”, said Najam Sethi, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“Broadcasting rights and bidding for franchises will be done in the next phase and I see no reason why it [PSL] couldn’t become the second most successful event after the Indian premier league (IPL)”, added Najam Sethi
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced to hold its brand of Twenty20 league in Doha from February 4 to 24 next year. The logo of the PSL will be unveiled on September 20th, however it has also been announced that five teams will take part in the inaugural edition of the T20 league.
“Another two international players will join the PSL in few days to complete this task”, concluded Sethi
One the other hand, a source closed to the development said one of the names is of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakara while the other could be Keven Peterson of England.
The Pakistan Super League recently took on board former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as its ambassadors. The international players expressed interests in the league thus far are
Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Dwyane Smith, Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree [West Indies], Angelo Mathews, Tilakaratene Dilshan, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera [Sri Lanka], Grant Elliott, James Franklin [New Zealand], Richard Levi, Roben Peterson [South Africa], Brad Hodge [Australia], Michael Carberry, Tim Bresnan [England]
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif