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PCB planning on having Pakistan Premier League

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Just a few weeks after the successful conclusion of the inaugural season of the Bangladesh Premier League, it is now Pakistan’s turn to come up with their own local Twenty20 tournament.

Following the examples of neighbouring Asian teams, the Pakistan Cricket Board is now planning to launch a T20 competition named PPL (Pakistan Premier League) later this year. A discussion will be held next week about the possibility of starting such a tournament this year.

The proposed meeting was to be held sometime during the last month, but the discussion on PPL’s feasibility was postponed owing to the busy schedule of PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, who was visiting Bangladesh for negotiating about a possible bilateral series to be hosted in Pakistan.

A senior PCB official was quoted as saying: “….But now these meetings will be held sometime next week. They are some parties who will make presentations to the board on how the PPL can be organized in Pakistan.”

A few sources have claimed that a reputed international television broadcaster and a sports management company are planning to present a plan to the PCB with a view to kick-off a domestic T20 tournament similar to the IPL and the BPL.

The official talked about how seriously the board was considering the PPL and that they were looking at all the feasibilities of organizing such an event.

“We are dead serious about having our own PPL. But the reality is that we have to first study the modalities and feasibility of having such an event which would not be possible without input and expertise from an established company,” said the official.

The PCB is looking to promote the game in its country through the current T20 revolution, which will also help the local players earn good amount of money as witnessed from the Indian and Bangladeshi versions.