Pakistan Super League: Glitz, Glamour and Promises of IPL-Style Cricket

Updated: 21 September 2015 18:43 IST

Top celebrities gave Pakistan Super League a glamorous introduction. The T20 cricket tournament, designed like the famous IPL, has been scheduled in February in either UAE or Qatar.

Pakistan Super League: Glitz, Glamour and Promises of IPL-Style Cricket
Pakistan Super League ambassador Ramiz Raja with Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq at the launch of the tournament. © NDTV

The nation's celebrities came together in Lahore on Sunday to give the Pakistan Super League a glamorous introduction. Designed like the now famous Indian Premier League, the Twenty20 tournament has been scheduled in either Qatar or UAE in February 2016.

A product of Pakistan Cricket Board, the Pakistan Super League, is making all the right noises. Some of the world's leading T20 cricketers like Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen and Lasith Malinga, have agreed to play and home-spun big boys like Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammed Hafeez are expected to add hype to an ambitious project, headed by ex-PCB boss Najam Sethi.

On Sunday, the PSL got off to a rocking start with Ali Zafar singing the tournament anthem -- Khel Ke Dikha Denge Aaj. With most Test-playing nations refusing to tour Pakistan for reasons of security, the nation has been in need of a product to catch world attention. PSL could give PCB the much-needed relief.

PSL governing council Sethi said: "We want everyone to know that we are here and we are here with a purpose. We will not settle for anything less than making PSL one of the leading products that has ever come out of Pakistan."

Two veteran stars and former skippers - Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja - are backing the tournament. Both Akram and Raja have covered events around the globe and their good advice will surely matter.

"I have experienced cricket and entertainment going together in various parts of the world but to now get associated with a Pakistani product is an entirely different experience. I think Pakistanis will proudly own the PSL," said Raja.

According to reports, around 10 parties have shown active interest in buying the five teams up for grabs in the first edition of the PSL. The four provincial capitals -- Quetta, Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar -- will be joined by Islamabad in a 24-match tournament. (Kevin Pietersen Gives PSL a Celebrity Boost)

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Topics : Mohammad Hafeez Misbah-ul-Haq Shahid Afridi Wasim Akram Waqar Younis Rameez Raja Pakistan Cricket Team Pakistan Cricket Board Cricket
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