The draft for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League was held the other day. The event promises to be much bigger and even better than the highly successful first two events. In the third edition of the Pakistan Super League the Pakistan Cricket Board has promised to make sure that more matches are held in Pakistan (last year the final of the Pakistan Super League was held in Lahore.) The event will also see the participation of a fifth team Multan Sultans.
The draft for the third edition saw a number of top notch foreign players becoming part of the already strong contingent of foreign players. Some of the big names include explosive Australian batsman Chris Lynn, South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson, T20 revelation and former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi, South Africa’s J.P. Duminy, Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan among a host of other international stars.
The previous two editions of the tournament have been a tremendous success and has already benefited Pakistan. The rise of leggie Shadab Khan, pacer Hassan Ali and Rumman Raees is a direct result of the Pakistan Super League. The tournament has also given chance to many other young players to showcase their talent and it is expected that Pakistan will once again benefit this year with more young players making a mark on the tournament.
The credit for the league’s success definitely goes to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi and every other official who played a role in turning the dream of Pakistan Super League into a reality. The franchise owners also deserve credit for investing heavily in the teams despite initial doubts about the success of the tournament.
There was one thing though that must be pointed out here and that was the television coverage of the draft ceremony. Despite being one of the biggest sporting events in Pakistan the draft ceremony was covered only by a couple of channels. For a media industry who presents everything as ‘breaking news’ and long transmissions are dedicated even for much smaller issues and event not dedicating enough time to the league that needs our full support was very unfortunate. Sports broadcasting in Pakistan is currently lagging years behind other nations despite the massive potential. The potential Pakistan has with regards to various sports won’t be fulfilled unless media plays its due part.
The league’s third edition promises to be much bigger and better.