Thursday, 12 April 2012

Jayasuriya, Symonds “express interest” in Pakistan Premier League

Former international cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya and Andrew Symonds have expressed interest in participating in the proposed Pakistan Premier League, according to a report in the Express Tribune.
The ‘PPL’ is a Twenty20 cricket tournament styled after the hugely successful Indian Premier League and is the latest attempt by the Pakistan Cricket Board to revive international cricket in the country.
The paper quoted a PCB insider as saying the board was enlisting the assistance of current and former Pakistani players to use their influence with other international cricketers to make the tournament a reality.
Former West Indian legend Brian Lara has also expressed interest in participating.
The insider told the Tribune, “These players have promised to feature whenever they are invited.  This is just the beginning and we are expecting more confirmations. Although these cricketers have passed their prime, their participation will convince other (current) players to come forward.
The idea for a PPL was first discussed back in 2007 following the success of the IPL and similar leagues in Australia and South Africa.
However the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 put paid to the idea.
No international team has toured the country since.
Vijitha Alles

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