Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by chandtara, Sep 26, 2017.
So majority of the star players are in. Just few left. Hopefully they will agree to play too
Gayle, Pollard or Bravo (if picked) wont play in Pakistan...apparently they refused when the WI cricket board talked to them re the postponed T20 series in Pakistan.
NSK faces race against time as renovation starts ahead of PSL
KARACHI: A view of the main stand of the National Stadium undergoing renovation.—Courtesy PCB
KARACHI: It will be a race against time as renovation work at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK) was gearing up for holding Pakistan Super League (PSL) early next year.
The country’s premier Test centre is without international activity since 2009 when it staged the first Test against Sri Lanka — which is famously remembered for Younis Khan’s epic knock of 313.
Despite the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore on March 3, 2009 most of the international matches were organised at the Gaddafi Stadium, including ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe, last year’s PSL final, T20 series against World XI and a T20 against Sri Lanka last month.
Pressure was building up on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after Karachi was overlooked for staging international matches. Finally, PCB chairman Najam Sethi, during a press conference here a couple of weeks ago, announced that the NSK would be hosting two to four PSL matches and the final of the third edition.
Holders Peshawar Zalmi, two-time runners-up Quetta Gladiators, 2016 champions Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and new franchise Multan Sultan will compete in the 2018 tournament which is likely to start from the middle of February and end with the final on March 23.
Overall 34 matches will be staged with 10 of them in Pakistan, including six in Lahore and four in Karachi, according to report.
The National Logistics Cell (NLC) engineering department has been assigned the task to complete the first phase of the renovation work to ensure the stadium is ready for PSL matches.
The PCB had allocated a hefty budget of Rs1.50 billion for the upgrading of the stadium to NLC with NESPAK as its consultant. The contractual work has to be completed within a year.
Project Manager NLC Engineering retired Wing Commander Mohammad Sohaib said, “We are determined and eager to complete the task of the first phase within the allocated time.”
A visit to the NSK shows that all 22 public bathrooms with eight to 10 toilets in the main block have already been dismantled while the roofs of VIP stands, including Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad enclosures, have already been removed.
Installation of 30 new hospitality boxes with attached bathrooms located technically on the fourth floor is also part of the first phase with the installation of a modern lift for these boxes.
Chairman boxes having a capacity of around 100 signatories, teams’ dressing rooms, umpires rooms, referee room, physiotherapy room, and broadcasters and media boxes will also be renovated.
The entrance of the stadium will be improved and both the roads leading to it will be carpeted.
Parking facilities for around 500 to 600 vehicles is also being set up.
The 33,000-capacity stadium last staged a major international event when the Asia Cup was played in 2008. Title-winners Sri Lanka along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh played their matches here.
Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2017
PSL producing talented players, says Waqar
ISLAMABAD - Islamabad United's bowling coach Waqar Younis Monday said young talented players were coming to fore through Pakistan Super League (PSL) which was a good sign for Pakistan cricket.
Addressing a press conference, he said he was hopeful his team would do well in the third edition of PSL . "Revival of international cricket in Pakistan is a good omen for Pakistan cricket," he said and added that Pakistan Army, Pakistan Police and other institutions have played an important role in reviving international cricket in the country.
He said Test cricket is his favorite format of the game. "All Cricket greats have come to fore through Test Cricket and Twenty20 format has a different flavor," he said. He said it would take time to find replacements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
About national team, he said attention needed to be drawn towards fielding department and other aspects as well. "The PCB must pay attention to young players and should improve domestic cricket," he said. On the occasion, Islamabad United head coach Dean Jones praised Wasim Akram for his coaching abilities.
He said match fixing was a cancer for the game of Cricket. To a question, he said he was asked about only two balls regarding Sharjeel Khan. "I did not tell anything else to the tribunal about Sharjeel," he said and added: “I didn't know what he was upto.”
He said if Islamabad United team made it to the final of PSL then all players would come to Pakistan. "All foreign players have shown their willingness to tour Pakistan in the PSL drafting," he said. He said Sri Lankan team's tour to Pakistan, World XI's tour and PSL final are steps towards revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Jones and Waqar also paid tributes to Saeed Ajmal who had announced to retire from cricket.
‘PSL 2018 would be more competitive than first two editions’
KARACHI: Former national chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu hopes that the third season of the fast-rising Pakistan Super League (PSL) would offer more competitive edge than the first two editions of the franchise-based T20 league with Multan Sultans expanding the league to a six-team event.
Speaking to Dawn on Monday, a day after the much-anticipated player draft was held in Lahore, Salahuddin, who is a current adviser to PCB chief for the southern region, observed the popularity of the tournament has risen to new heights.
“One key factor that gauges the rise of PSL is the tremendous interest shown [in the PSL] by overseas players. No less than 501 entries were registered for the third season and that clearly explains the rapid growth of this popular T20 league,” Salahuddin, a former off-spinning all-rounder who played five Tests in the 1960s, pointed out.
“There are some exciting signings by the franchises. Chris Lynn may not be a familiar name here but his reputation is globally known as a destructive T20 batsman who could be the star Lahore Qalandars were looking for after finishing bottom in both editions.
“Imran Tahir, of course, is as recognisable as Yasir Shah and played a lot in Pakistan before migrating to South Africa. Multan Sultans have probably pulled off a master stroke in picking Imran given his prolific wicket-taking ability in this format.
“Two-time runners-up Quetta Gladiators have strengthened their squad by signing up [West Indies T20 captain] Carlos Brathwaite and the experienced Shane Watson. That obviously gives them a chance to go one better this time under Sarfraz Ahmed’s dynamic leadership with the experience of head coach Moin Khan to guide them,” Sallu added.
“Shahid Afridi should also make a big difference to Karachi Kings given his vast experience of T20 cricket. His power-hitting is awesome as always as indicated by his latest exploit in the BPL. He is still a force to be reckoned with despite being 37 now,” Sallu said.
“Moreover, the induction of legendary Zaheer Abbas in the PSL setup as board president of Peshawar Zalmi and inclusion of Multan Sultans as the sixth franchise are signs of better things to come. I foresee a big jump not just in the standard of play but also the overall competition.”
Salahuddin further said the joining of Multan is sure to generate great interest, particularly the franchise’s big signing of Wasim Akram as its team director and inclusion of Shoaib Malik as the skipper.
“Wasim needs no introduction, being one of the biggest names of international cricket and the greatest left-arm fast bowler to play the sport. As the team director of Islamabad United in the first two seasons, he was definitely one of the reasons behind them winning the inaugural edition last year. I’ve no doubt that Wasim will be very keen to ensure Multan make a good impression on their [PSL] debut,” he commented.
“Zaheer is also a well-known personality of international cricket who also served the game as ICC president recently. Peshawar owner Javed Afridi has already mentioned that his franchise would benefit from Zaheer as the board president. The Zalmi also have the great Younis Khan as their mentor and with Darren Sammy to lead them, the defending champions really mean business.”
Salahuddin complimented PCB chairman Najam Sethi for playing a huge role in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan and further lauded the board chief’s promise to stage the PSL final in Karachi.
“There was lot of criticism from different quarters before PSL became a reality. Credit should always be given where it is due and Sethi deserves to be acclaimed for fulfilling the promises so far. His vision of seeing Pakistan play host to international teams has come true. The visits by World XI and Sri Lanka are examples of his sincere efforts,” he remarked.
“Now the PCB chairman is adamant on holding the PSL final in Karachi because he feels people here have been deprived [of watching international matches] for a long time. The knowledgeable cricketing diehards are anxiously waiting to see top players in action once again because Karachi holds a special place in international cricket set-up.”
Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2017
PCB readies measures to curb corruption in PSL3
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi presided over a meeting with the six franchise owners of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Monday and proposed a number of anti-corruption measures to avoid any kind of fixing in the third edition of the league scheduled to take place in February 2018.
According to sources, PCB proposed that no official would be allowed to stay on the same floor of the hotel as the players of the six franchises. Meanwhile, if the owners of the teams want to meet the players, they’ll have to do so in the meeting rooms.
PCB also proposed a curfew on players after 1am. They will not be allowed to leave the hotel after the postulated time. Even during the non-curfew hours, they will have to inform their team managers before the leaving the hotel.
In response to the suggestions, questions were raised on the point of curfew. It was said that players who are involved in misdoings will be able to meet anyone during the evening, so there was no need of the curfew.
The PCB was asked to augment its own security measures and keep an eye on suspected players; however, this was not enough to convince the board to remove the notion of curfew from the third edition.
PCB disagrees with franchises over T10 reservations
PSL franchises have forwarded their reservations on the participation of Pakistani players in the T10 cricket league which is scheduled to take place in Dubai in December this year.
According to sources, PSL franchise owners said that participation in short-format cricket makes the players prone to misdemeanor, so Pakistani players should not be allowed to be a part of the T10 league.
However, Sethi rejected their demand and clarified that PCB and ICC officials will be present in the event which nearly nullifies the chances of any misdeeds.
Three matches in Pakistan
Franchise owners were also given the proposed schedule for the third edition, according to which only three matches will be staged in Pakistan.
No joint talent hunt program
PCB also moved the franchises to work on a joint talent hunt program, but the idea was shot down by the owners.
Franchises said that the PCB had tried the idea before, but it didn’t work out so they will be organising the talent hunt programs themselves