LAHORE: Pakistan super league’s huge success has strengthened the resolve of Pakistan Cricket Board that it will serve as ‘a gateway’ for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan in due course of time.
Played at off shore venue, United Arab Emirates, it has the colour and festivity and crowd attention of a word class league, establishing its status of a successful cricket league, giving new ideas and thoughts to PCB to showcase its potential and benefits in its coming editions in a better way not only for revenue generation but also for the betterment of Pak cricket and most importantly for the return of international cricket.
Players from as many as 11 countries entertained with their game and touch of class. Some of the big names were West Indies Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, Englands Kevin Pietersen and Australian Shane Watson and Brad Haddin.
Pakistani players fully utilized the PSL as a venture to exhibit best of their abilities and even those who were dumped by the selectors impressed with their performance. Those who shone included pacers Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Irfan, batman Shareej Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umer Akmal who was declared the most valued player of the league.
Veteran Misbah ul Haq who captained Islamabad United and gelled it in a winning combination to win the inaugural PSL title with impressive 6 wicket win over Quetta Gladiators. Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PSL and the driving force behind the success of the league has described the PSL a gateway to bring international cricket to Pakistan in near future.
“It was a successful event in many ways, in revenue generation, leading PCB to new horizons and to help us in drawing a strategy to work on the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan”, he told APP on Wednesday.
He said the success of PSL has elevated the status of Pakistan cricket, helping the young home players to perform at a platform alongside world’s best players who served the game with pride, dignity and performance.
“We can build on the success of PSL and can persuade foreign players to play matches in Pakistan in its next editions, and such matches can be arranged one each at Lahore and Karachi and through such matches we can add to the confidence of foreign players”, he said.
Najam Stehi said finally a stage will come when the whole PSL can be played in Pakistan in some years. “Of course it was a decent revenue generation for us “,he said. According to PCB the PSL is likely to generate US dollars 50 million.
He praised the response of the crowd in the league and viewership of the matches on the TV. “We had a full house at the final which added to the success of the event”.
Victorious captain, Misbah ul Haq termed the PSL a “mini world cup” in which competitive cricket was played and the teams gave their best in a professional way. “It was a thrilling event which will support Pakistan cricket in many ways, specially helping in resumption of international cricket in Pakistan”, said the national captain.
Ramiz Raja, the brand ambassador of the league described the successful holding of the league “a historic moment in Pakistan cricket” which will help bring back international to Pakistan.