Pakistan Super League and 308 players Draft

308  players sign up with the new T20 league

Lahore – December 10, 2015: A total of 308 top foreign and local cricketers will be available at the Pakistan Super League Draft, scheduled to be held on December 21 and 22, 2015.

Having successfully finalized the sale of commercial rights for franchises, broadcast, and title sponsorship, PSL is now entering the phase that many fans have long been waiting for. At the player Draft event, the five franchise owners will gather to select their playing squads.

By opting for a draft system in place of a player auction, PSL will ensure a level-playing field as each team will have to choose a certain number of players from each category. As a result of this, each team will spend an equal amount on drafting players. Top players will, therefore, play for all five teams.

The PSL player list includes 137 Pakistani and 171 foreign players. These players have been divided into five different categories – Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Emerging. Top names such as Shane Watson, Wahab Riaz, Kevin Pietersen, Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, James Anderson, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy, Grant Elliott, Lasith Malinga, Andre Russell, TM Dilshan, Marlon Samuels, Angelo Mathews, and Shakib al Hasan have made themselves available for the Draft.

Each team will be required to pick three players per category from each of the top three categories (Platinum, Diamond, Gold). While drafting two emerging players will be mandatory, a team will be able to pick up to five players from the Silver category in order to complete the squad. Each team will have a minimum of four foreign players in the side. Some leading players who have signed up for other commitments will be available only for a portion of the Pakistan Super League.

In the next few days, all five teams will be finalising their coaching panels. The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League is scheduled to take place from February 4 – 23, 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah.



Pakistan Super League 2016


                        Pakistan Cricket Board finally announced its prime domestic event “Pakistan Super League”. By this announcement a long wait is over now, in a detailed Press Conference by Mr. Najam Sethi (Chairman Governing Council-PSL) at HQ of Pakistan Cricket Board, Lahore. He announced Doha, Qatar is the venue for first Pakistan Super League. It will be held in between 4th Feb, to 24th Feb next year. Mr Sethi also announced that PCB is starting with five teams for this edition; further expansion will be done in future. Teams from Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad will take part in this event.

PSL team has consent from over 40 international players. In addition, top foreign coaches are also being roped in for the first edition of the PSL. Which is very good news for our Cricket. The tournament will carry collective prize money of up to $ 1 million.

In line with the tournament commercial plan, rights for broadcast, sponsorship, and franchise ownership will be sold over the next three months. With the event venue locked, the formal PSL launch will take place in Lahore in the third week of September.

The inaugural 2013 season was supposed begin on 26 March 2013 but has since been postponed due to tight bidding schedules and cricket boards not handing out No Objection Certificate to players. The Pakistan Super League logo was officially unveiled to the public in an event organized by the PCB in Lahore. Top Pakistan cricketers including the Ex-PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and former ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat were among those who attended the event. But event remained a mystery for cricket supporters in Pakistan. Finally it is going to be organized by a new team of Pakistan Cricket Board.

Hamadullah Sohu is a Freelance Sports Journalist

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This article published on Independent Sports Journalists Website

Bangladesh Premier League franchises face tax issues

  • The National Board of Revenue in Bangladesh has frozen the bank accounts of Shihab Trading Company, the firm that bought the ticket-selling rights for the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and owns one of the league’s franchises, the Dhaka Gladiators.
  • “We have asked our officials to attach, or freeze, all bank accounts of Shihab Trading Company after they failed to pay us any of the tax levied on the BPL’s ticket sales,” Kanon Kumar Roy, director general of Directorate of Inspection (Taxes), said. “We asked them to pay 5% of all ticket sales, which amounted to Tk 2.25 crore [$275,000 approx]. They insisted it was Tk 2.16 crore [$265,000 approx], but they haven’t paid any money as tax.”
  • In response, Shihab Trading Company chairman Salim Chowdhury told Ekattor TV: “I think there has been a miscommunication. The tickets that we gave to the BCB [to distribute] are worth Tk 20-22 crore, so those tickets can’t be taxed.”
  • Also, Roy said, till now, only one out of the six BPL franchises have met tax requirements. “One franchise [unnamed] has been forthcoming, but the rest haven’t followed their lead.”



Sangakara really a star, bit Unlucky

Kumar Sangakkara missed out on a double hundred by one run but his team ended the second day of the first test on a high with Pakistan reeling at 48 for five at the close on Saturday.

Sri Lanka were dismissed for 472 shortly after tea with Sangakkara stranded on 199 not out made off 387 balls and including 18 fours and two sixes.

Pakistan were rocked by Nuwan Kulasekara who snapped up the wickets of Taufiq Umar lbw for nine and Azhar Ali for a golden duck caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene.

Stand-in skipper Mohammad Hafeez and Younis Khan took the score to 43 when off-spinner Suraj Randiv made a double strike by trapping Hafeez lbw for 20 and sending back nightwatchmanSaeed Ajmal caught first ball off bat and pad by Tharanga Paranavitana.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath joined the party when he forced Asad Shafiq to edge a catch behind the wicket to Jayawardene for a duck.

At stumps Younis Khan was unbeaten on 15 and Mohammad Ayubon one.

Sri Lanka’s innings was built around Sangakkara’s 29th test hundred which nearly brought him joint second on the all-time list with West Indian Brian Lara on nine test double hundreds.

A blunder by the scoreboard had Sangakkara celebrating his double century with when he slog-swept Ajmal for six but actually his score was 199.

When told by his team mates that he still required one run he tried desperately to steal a single off the final ball of the over but failed.

That left last man Nuwan Pradeep exposed to Hafeez and after defending the first ball Pradeep was bowled to end the Sri Lankainnings.

Pakistan fought back in the afternoon session through their spinners to restrict Sri Lanka to 439 for eight at tea.

Sri Lanka scored 73 runs and lost three wickets, squandering some of their advantage having resumed the day on a commanding 300 for two.

Off-spinner Hafeez broke a threatening sixth-wicket stand of 80 between Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene (48), who drove at a ball that spun and offered an outside edge to wicketkeeperAdnan Akmal.

Left-arm spinner Rehman caught Suraj Randiv (eight) off his own bowling and Hafeez picked up his second wicket when he removed the scoreless Kulasekara on the stroke of tea.

The morning session was dominated by Ajmal who claimed his sixth five-wicket haul in tests with figures of five for 146.

The 34-year-old spinner captured three wickets for 10 runs off 22 balls.

Pakistan’s new ball bowlers Umar Gul and Junaid Khan once again toiled without luck, prompting Hafeez to introduce Ajmal after seven overs of seam and the spinner did not let down his skipper.

The top-ranked test spinner struck a crucial blow when he bowled Mahela Jayawardene for 62 when the Sri Lanka captain fluffed a slog-sweep.

The spinner then lured Thilan Samaraweera (six) out of his crease with a doosra to get him stumped and Ajmal caught Angelo Mathews for a duck from the next delivery.

Kaneria Found guilty, banned life time by ECB

                              Former Pakistan and Essex leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday after being found guilty of corruption.

“We regard Danish Kaneria as a grave danger to the game of cricket and we must take every appropriate step to protect our game from his corrupt activities,” the board said in a statement.

The sanction means the 31-year-old is suspended from any involvement in the playing, organisation or administration of any cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB.

Kaneria was found guilty of encouraging or attempting to encourage Essex team mate Mervyn Westfieldto underperform in a match in 2009, the board said.

Westfield was asked to concede a set number of runs during his opening over in a county match againstDurham in exchange for a payment of 6,000 pounds ($9,300).

Kaneria was named in a London court in February as a go-between in a spot-fixing scandal that resulted in Westfield being jailed for four months.

The Pakistan bowler, who took 261 wickets in 61 tests, denied the charges. He was described in the ECB ruling as having “shown no remorse and sought to cast blame on other plainly innocent persons”.

“plainly betrayed the trust reposed in him in his dealings with fellow team mates and we regard his persistent efforts to recruit spot fixers as being a seriously aggravating factor in his case,” said the board.

Since the scandal came to light following his arrest in 2010, Kaneria has not played for Pakistan.

Westfield, who has been released from prison, pleaded guilty to the ECB charge of accepting money to underperform and was banned for five years backdated to Feb. 17.

However, he can participate in club cricket for the final two years of the suspension.

The ECB praised Westfield for his “courage” to testify although his record will forever be tainted as the first English county cricketer to be convicted in court for spot-fixing.

The 24-year-old, who took 11 wickets in seven first-class matches, provided core evidence that was central to finding Kaneria guilty.

It has been a turbulent time for the international cricket community with former Pakistan captain Salman Butt released from prison in Britain on Thursday after serving seven months of a two-and-a-half year term for involvement in a spot-fixing scam. ($1 = 0.6427 British pounds)

Distrubed Shahid Afridi is thinking about his cricket…

Pakistani star All-rounder vastly experienced Shahid Afridi is bit worried about his performance in last tour of Srilanka where he did not perform well accordingly.

Afridi, 32, managed just 28 runs in four innings and his three wickets were taken at an expensive average of 48.66 as Pakistan slumped to a 3-1 defeat with one match abandoned due to rain in the series, which ended on Monday.

“Our performance was not as such as we were expecting,” said Afridi. “Now I want to consult my elders and then decide on my one-day future. I will have to sincerely review where I stand as far as my performance is concerned.”

He has played 347 one day internationals for Pakistan, scoring 7,068 runs and taking 347 wickets.

But he managed just three wickets in Pakistan’s 4-1 defeat against England in February this year.

He said Pakistan needs to build a strong team for the 2015 World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

“I will make a decision soon but I have yet to decide on retirement. I will continue playing Twenty20 cricket if I leave one-day. I want to leave the stage for youngsters so that Pakistan can have a good team by 2015,” said Afridi, who retired from Test cricket in 2010.