Cricket is a sport which is played as a religion in most of the Asian side of the world. Many of the great nations such as Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, UAE as well as China are considered as the protuberant part of this great sport. Cricket is played both internationally and locally, as most of the top nations are liberal towards their domestic structure and putting keen efforts for the betterment in raising their principles regarding the cricketing field.
Pakistan Super League commonly known as PSL is also a remarkable initiative taken by the board of cricket in Pakistan in order to flourish and provide enormous exposure of international standards to their immature raw talent. Board of Pakistan has the intuition that the Pakistan super league is going to be 2nd best cricketing league after Indian premiere league (IPL) though neglecting the other on going leagues such as Big Bash (Australia), Sri Lankan Primer league and The Caribbean Premiere League.
However the question still arises that “is it going to match with the standards that are set by IPL itself, by way of clutching the interest of celebrities plus involvement of current cricketing starts from all over the world?” Having said that let us peak at what this Pakistan super league has to deliver.
The festival is going to be inaugurated in the vibrant cities of UAE such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai from 4th of Feb 2016 till 24th Feb 2016 involving 24 matches. The road map and the quality of structure is capable enough to catch the impression of resilient cricketing experts of the world. It contains a total of five teams including 15 players in each side. The teams which are going to take part would be known as,
- Karachi Super Stars
- Lahore Warriors
- Faisalabad Rangers
- Federal Vipers
- Sialkot Smashers
Each team would consist 6 international players, 2 emerging players based on under 19 performance and rest from the domestic sides including the national players as well. PSL will offer up to USD 1 million (100 million rupees) in prize money while each franchise will be able to draft players and coaches for the team within a budget of 1 million US$.
A healthy number of international players are looking forward to be a part of PSL which is considered as the most important aspect in making the league successful. The involvement of foreign players is the essential part in building the concept of grooming individuals in Pakistan. An estimated total of more 150 players are willing to take part in this event. Many of the highly regarded players who have astounded the world by their performances are,
Chris Gayle Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Owais Shah, Kevin Peterson, Brandon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Johan Botha, James Anderson, Grant Elliot, etc. are looking forward to participate in the league, as many others have already sent their confirmation to the cricket board.
Along with quality players foreign coaches are also contacted in order to teach young individuals high level of ability and transform talent into an armament. Having vast variety of players and coaches it depends on the franchises which one to buy in a method of auction in becoming a part of a respective side
Number of known personalities such as Shoaib Akhtar (Former Pakistan`s fast bowler) and Javed Afridi (CEO of Haier) have shown keen interest in buying a franchise of the respective tournament. As Shoaib Itself states that “I would like to contribute in making cricket better in Pakistan and for that looking forward to own a franchise in Pakistan Super League”.
Pakistan super league is going to be broadcasted in every area where cricket is being played and therefore the board is yet to see Ten sports to be the official broadcaster along with Pakistan Television Sports (PTV sports) but it has yet to be decided in the upcoming meetings. Two of the dynamic players and legends of Pakistan cricketing history such as Ramiz Raja and “The Sultan of Swing” Wasim Akram are going to be the official brand ambassadors of PSL and are putting keen efforts in promoting the league in order to capture the interest of foreign players in attending PSL.
Despite being a Pakistani league it is quite unfortunate that it is not going to be played in Pakistan due to security reasons as foreign players are neglecting to play in Pakistan after the incident that took place with Sri Lanka in 2009. Having said that, it is the initial stage for the sake of Pakistan cricket to revive and to regain the image that belonged to Pakistan. Hoping to have beautiful matches all day long in the month of February 2016, as it now seems that shackle would break once the festival get underway in the beautiful areas of Middle East with blazing style and return the gift to Pakistan what it had lost in the past nine years.
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