Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ijaz Butt feels that despite security concerns from some quarters, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has to be played in Pakistan, and said that there is no point in having the PSL played outside of the country.
Butt said that playing the PSL in the UAE or elsewhere would be defeating the objective, which is to ensure that international cricket returns to Pakistani shores and proving to the world that Pakistan is safe to host international cricket.
Butt's statement comes a day after the PCB announced that the PSL, which was set to commence on 26th March, was rescheduled due to a number of reasons, including delays in the process of obtaining NOCs from other Boards and scheduling conflicts resulting in potential star players missing out on participating in the PSL, reports Pak Passion.
The PCB has now set up a committee to look for a slot more feasible to the investors for the rescheduling of the PSL, and also stated they will soon announce fresh event dates and timelines for the sale of various commercial rights.
Butt, who was replaced as chairman of the PCB in October 2011, stated that ensuring participation of high profile cricketers from all over the world was the key to a successful tournament and this should be amongst the main priorities for those in charge of the PSL.
The former PCB chief said it is imperative that big names from around the world take part in the PSL. Ensuring the best players from all over the world take part in the PSL is tough but not impossible assignment for the organizers, he added.
Butt also urged the PCB to ensure collaboration with the ICC when looking to finalise the dates for the tournament. (ANI)