The Pakistan Super League... By Mubashir
08 February, 2013
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the last few days. The launching ceremony of the PSL was attended by heavyweight officials and star cricketers of Pakistan. Officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been and still are claiming that big stars from international cricket will be playing in the PSL.
However, Cricket South Africa (the South African cricket authority) and Cricket Australia (the Australian cricket authority) have announced that their current international players will not participate in the upcoming PSL. It is also expected that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not send their cricketers to the PSL. The PCB did not allow Pakistani players to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and therefore there are bleak chances of Bangladeshi cricketers featuring in the PSL as well. New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe are the remaining teams out of which players from New Zealand and England may also not come.
Hence, cricketers from Sri Lanka and West Indies may come and participate in the event. If cricketers from Australia, South Africa and England will come either they will be former cricketers or second string players. Therefore, it would be better for the PSL if it is staged in the UAE — it is sure that many star cricketers will participate in the PSL then. However, the question that arises is: if the PSL has to be played in the UAE then why is it called the 'Pakistan' Super League?