Sethi optimistic of PSL success


ISLAMABAD, Jan 19 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi  was hopeful to bring international cricket back in Pakistan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is going to hold its first edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai and Sharjah with the hope that it will become the second biggest non-ICC event after the Indian Premier League in the near future.
While talking to Khaleej Times Najam Sethi, chairman of PSL, said: “We
had a number of difficulties to make this happen.
He said it is always difficult to start an event like this but when we
get the results we feel satisfied.
Sethi said it was a hard grind and there were countless hurdles to
stage this event. First of all, finding venues was an issue as the Masters Cricket League was going to be played in the UAE.
“Signing top players was another issue and finding owners for the
franchises was not easy but with the grace of God we are able to settle all the issues,”he added.
“All the cricket playing nations have started their T20 events and it
was long overdue by the PCB. but, with dedication and sincerity, we are able to reach this point,” Sethi added.
To a question, he said that the PSL can be a game-changer for Pakistan
cricket and Coaches like Andy Flower and Dean Jones will be part of the show
which will help the local talent to hone their skills.
Pakistan cricket was dependent on the PCB but now the scenario will
change.With the introduction of the PSL, there will be more sponsors and money, he added.
He said “We are lucky to have the services of top players and coaches
of the world. It is going to unearth talent and chisel them into world class
players. There is a lot of excitement in the air and we hope it’s going to be a big success.”
To another question chairman PCB said that we are planning to stage an
international match in the near future since the security situation has improved in the country.
“The Karachi Stadium on the occasion of the launch the Karachi Kings
was jam packed. It shows the enthusiasm of the Pakistani fans,”he added.
He hoped to stage the PSL in three years’ time in the country.