Pakistan to launch IPL's rival?

Updated: 14 April 2011 09:19 IST

Pakistan is hoping to launch a domestic Twenty20 competition similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL) as it attempts to lure back foreign players and teams to the country.

Islamabad:

Pakistan is hoping to launch a domestic Twenty20 competition similar to the Indian Premier League as it attempts to lure back foreign players and teams to the country.

Sultan Rana, the general manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said on Wednesday the idea was discussed during a recent meeting of the board's cricket committee.

"Preferably the board wants to host the Twenty20 event in Pakistan and also invite foreign players," Rana told The Associated Press. "The plan is in its early stages and we will reveal more details once we finalise the details."

Foreign teams have not played in Pakistan since 2008 when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus, killing six police officials and a van driver.

Several Sri Lankan players were also injured during the attack, which happened when the team was traveling to the stadium in Lahore for a test match.

Rana said that the PCB could also explore offshore venues to host the Twenty20 league in case the security situation does not improve in Pakistan.

Since 2008, Pakistan has hosted its "home" series against the West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It also played a test series against Australia in England last year.

Ten franchises are participating in this year's IPL, but no Pakistani cricketers were included on the list of players auctioned in January.

Topics : Cricket Stuart Broad Indian Premier League 2011
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