Pakistan Super League postponed due to ‘scheduling issues’.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s attempt to put the country back on the international cricket circuit with a T-20 edition featuring leading cricketers from the game worldover has hit a roadblock. And, by the looks of it, the proposed Pakistan Super League (PSL) will not become part of the cricket calendar anytime soon.
With the Federation of International Cricketers Associations and many a national board advising players against participating in PSL owing to security considerations, the PCB has decided to postpone the event indefinitely. Cricket associations of England, Australia and South Africa independently also advised their players against participating in PSL because of the security situation.
The Board, however, insists PSL was postponed because of scheduling issues and the request of many stakeholders for more time to prepare for the series which was initially planned for a March-end launch. According to the Board, over 80 foreign players have already signed agreements with PSL. Also, foreign coaches, umpires and referees have signed up.
The reasons cited notwithstanding, the postponement has come as a big disappointment to the cricket-crazy nation which has not had an international fixture played on its soil since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009.