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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has suggested
the idea of having a franchise-based Twenty20
league in Pakistan to groom young talent in the
absence of any international cricket.
On his return from West Indies after featuring in
the Caribbean Premier League for St Lucia Zouks,
Misbah stated that a T20 league would help youngsters
as it would give them an opportunity to play with
international cricketers. "Though PCB is doing its
effort to bring international cricket back [to Pakistan],
in my opinion, we also should have our own [T20]
The Pakistan Cricket Board has sought the advice
of a neurologist to further examine the batsman
Umar Akmal, who spent a night at a hospital after
a seizure on the flight to Jamaica last Wednesday.
Akmal, who was playing in the Caribbean Premier
League at the time, was asked by the PCB to return
to Pakistan and was subsequently ruled out of the
limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour.
"It is one in a series of steps that the PCB will be
undertaking in assessing the medical problem that
occurred to Umar Akmal while he was in the West
Indies," the PCB said in a statement. "Umar Akmal
is Pakistan s asset and it is important that all necessary
measures are taken so that the PCB is assured that
he is available to play for Pakistan without posing
any risk to his health".
Until yesterday, Akmal did not admit to suffering
any illness and asserted that he was fully fit for
national selection. It is understood that the PCB
withdrew his selection as a precautionary measure,
going by the initial medical report.
The board declared Akmal "medically not fit" and
replaced him with the wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
"Apparently Umar looked fine but he has been
asked to go through a complete medical examination
to reassess his condition," PCB doctor Sohail Saleem
said. "We were concerned about his health when
informed about his medical condition in the West
Indies so we have decided to engage a neurologist
for detailed advice."
Neurologist Dr Saad Shafqat said Akmal needn t
worry. Two cricketers, Jonty Rhodes and Tony Greig,
didn t let epilepsy affect their international careers.
Pakistan s limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour
runs from August 23 to 31. The first Test begins Sep-
tember 3, but Akmal was not picked in the Test
league," he told reporters in Lahore. "It is necessary
to have it either in Pakistan or in Dubai as it will
allow our youngsters to play with international stars.
"Our players are not properly groomed because of
no international cricket, and other countries get their
young players groomed by having leagues where they
get a chance to play with international stars. India
is the biggest example where they are holding the
league and getting their players well groomed."
Pakistan have been deprived of international cricket
since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus
in Lahore in March 2009. Since then, Pakistan have
mostly been playing their home series in the UAE.
Bilateral series for the youth teams, A team and acad-
emy level are on hold, which hinders the development
of upcoming players.
During Zaka Ashraf s regime, the PCB was desperate
to bring international cricket back to the country,
but failed to convince any team to tour Pakistan. The
board then launched a franchise-based Twenty20
tournament called Pakistan Super League, but it had
to be postponed indefinitely due to logistical issues.
Before 2009, Pakistan used to organise reciprocal
tours around the world at all levels, apart from national
bilateral series, but the practice has been put on hold
as junior teams are also reluctant to visit Pakistan
due to security issues. Though the board has managed
to host international teams outside Pakistan, it has
failed to afford a similar series for junior teams due
to the lack of sponsors.
Pakistani players featured in the inaugural edition of
the Indian Premier League but have been ignored since
relations between the two countries took a dive in the
wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008. Pakistan s
domestic T20 teams had also been ignored for the
Champions League T20 until 2012. (ESPNcricinfo)
Misbah calls for
Pakistan's T20 league
Umar Akmal to
St Lucia Zouks' Misbah-ul-Haq finished the match with a six
against Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier
League in Providence on August 4. PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
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