Meeting with PSL franchisers positive, constructive: PCB
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LAHORE, Dec 20 (APP):The owner of the Pakistan Super League sixth team, known as Multan Sultans, said on Thursday that his team from southern Punjab will play a big role in promotion of cricket in the region
to provide an ideal platform to the youth of the area to showcase their talent.”We will be finding talent from all districts of the region and the most deserving will be given a chance to represent south Punjab in the PSL,” he told the media after buying franchise rights of the sixth team, previously known as Multan Sultans.
To a question, he said the team is a gift to the people of southern Punjab and if the PCB permits they will continue with the same name or may consider changing its name, but surely retaining Multan with it.
“Presently we are working a lot on the overall development of cricket in South Punjab and under our cricket development programme we are planning to set up a cricket academy in every district besides lending support to club cricket,” he said adding “Now the task will become easy for us as we own a PSL team which will also supplement our efforts for the uplift of the game.”
Answering a question, he praised the leadership qualities of Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Ehsan Mani saying “PCB Chairman rendered meritorious services in the international cricket council and he will take PSL to new heights besides infusing a new life in Pakistan cricket.”
“It is our request to the PCB to make PSL more effective for Pakistan cricket as the PSL is not only a way to produce entertainment cricket, it is a perfect platform for promising players to exhibit their talent and potential around the globe,” said Ali Tareen.
He said PSL span should be expanded and this forum be utilized to encourage young talent. “This mega event should not be restricted to PSL only, there should be another tournament of PSL for local players representing different regions of the country and in a similar way women tournament be organized and all such measures can further enhance the image and importance of PSL in year to come,” he said.
“We have come forward in the passion of the game, not for business, with eight matches of PSL taking place in Pakistan revenue earning can not be that attractive and with PSL being played in Pakistan will be profit making venture for the team owners,” he said.