'Foreign players, agents showing interest in Pakistan Super League'

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 08:00 hrs

A significant number of players and agents from several ICC member countries have shown interest in participating in the Pakistan Super League in March, according to PSL managing director Salman Sarwar Butt.

The Daily Times quoted Butt, as saying that cricketers from South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and Ireland have expressed their interest in the event.

National teams have avoided visiting Pakistan since the deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team convoy in Lahore in 2009, but individuals made up an international all-star team that met Pakistan in two successfully organized Twenty20s in Karachi in October.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is scheduled to launch the Twenty20 league in late March with at least 30 foreign players divided in five city-based teams yet to be named.

The PCB sees the league as a steppingstone to reviving the confidence of foreign players that, for at least sports, it's safe to play in Pakistan.

Butt said the PSL would have a comprehensive security plan that would meet ICC standards, adding that they are also planning to engage independent security experts to further augment our preparations and delivery.

Karachi and Lahore are the top contenders to host PSL. Lahore also hosted a sports festival in which athletes from 26 countries competed. (ANI)

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