Two Bangladeshi cricketers to feature in PSL
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Ending all the speculations, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally picked Doha of Qatar over Dubai where the first edition of the already twice-postponed Pakistan Super League (PSL) is being expected to take off. [Watch ভিডিও ক্লিপঃ ঈদের প্রোগ্রামে নাসির, সৌম্য এবং তাসকিন]
Though admitted that Doha is a relatively unknown and new centre as far as international cricket is concerned, Najam Sethi, the former PCB chairman, however, said the board is confident that with the cooperation of the Qatar Olympic body and the country’s national cricket association, the league will be provided with top facilities.
The first edition of the tournament is slated to take place from February 4 to 24 of next year. “The PSL will be held in Doha from February 4-24 with a prize money of one million dollars. We are getting encouraging responses from sponsors and foreign players,” Sethi said to the reporters.
A total of 24 matches are scheduled to take place in the first edition of PSL as five teams comprising the four provincial cities of Pakistan and the federal capital are going to take part in the tournament.
Reportedly PCB has received consent from over 40 international players. “We have been in talks with 40 foreign players around the world and we expect some 25 to sign for the league,” Sethi said of the planned league. He also added that out of these 25 players, 15 will be world class players. Four players from West Indies while two players each from Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and England were amongst the targeted names, he said.
However, no player from Pakistan’s arch rivals India was on the target list. Surprisingly, no player from Zimbabwe and the associated nations was also found on the list.