Published on 21 Sep 2015 | about 1 year ago
A grand logo unveiling ceremony of the first Pakistan Super League (PSL) is being held in Lahore today (on Sunday).
It will be the second ceremony of its kind; the first one was staged in Lahore in 2013 but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) failed to organise the PSL as planned despite hiring the services of Haroon Lorgat of South Africa.
Lorgat as a former chief executive of the International Cricket Council has organised many ICC events like World Cup and Champions Trophy. But a change of command in the PCB, which brought in Najam Sethi as chairman and triggered a legal battle against former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, shelved the plan to hold the PSL.
Now Mr Sethi as PSL chairman is upbeat about hosting the league. Initially, he announced that the PSL would be held in Doha, Qatar but fresh reports coming in say the PSL has been shifted to the UAE after the Master League authorities have decided to defer their tournament for another date to accommodate the PCB to organise its first PSL.
Still the cricket board has a long way to go to make it a success as the first challenge is to get financial sponsors. The PCB is not in a position to suffer any financial loss, especially if the India-Pak series will not be held as per plan in coming December in the UAE.
Lahore Region Cricket Association President Khwaja Nadeem has appointed a four-member committee to probe the dismal performance of the region in the recently concluded National T20 Cup held in Rawalpindi. Former Test bowler Saleem Altaf will chair the committee. Its three members are Naushad Ahmad, Masood Anwar and Imran Bucha.
Though Saleem Altaf is a capable organiser, he has not been closely related to cricketing affairs since he joined a private airline three years back. The three members of the committee are those who had their roles in picking up the two teams of the region.
Two LRCA teams took part in the tournament. First the LRCA Blues team failed to qualify for the main round as its march in the qualifying round was ended in semi-final by Bahawalpur.
Then it’s already qualified Whites team performed badly as it finished at the 4th place in its zone. It could barely avoid relegation from the next year event, with four points, as Faisalabad Region has been relegated after finishing at the bottom of the same zone.
Karachi Whites also relegated from the other group. But the Karachi region has source of satisfaction as its Karachi Blues played the final, though it lost to Peshawar.
Asian snooker champion Hamza Akbar has been honoured with a cash prize of Rs500,000 by Sports Board Punjab Director General Usman Anwar for winning the Asian title after beating India’s Pankaj Advani in April this year in Malaysia. Hamza has also become first Pakistani snooker player who will play in the British professional circuit later this month.
Despite the fact that no snooker facility is available in Punjab under the provincial government’s control, a good number of snooker players from this province are earning laurels for the country at international level. Karachi has become the hub of snooker activities in the country.
The Punjab government should also realise its responsibility in providing enough infrastructure to the players.
Agood number of golfers and badminton players gathered in Lahore this past week to participate in Punjab championships. Around 60 golfers are contesting in the Punjab Golf Championships, while 40 are featuring in the badminton event.