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Cricket Calendar comes to a halt for IPL: Ramiz Raja

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The draft for PSL was conducted on 12th December. Many shuffles were announced. After the event, the PCB chairman was speaking at a press conference where he was asked about the lack of foreign players in the IPL. Ramiz Raja replied that the PSL is not like IPL where the entire cricket calendar of the world can be halted.

In his own words, “Foreign players are just like the tempering the league and the foreign players, big-name will only come when the league will reach some heights, in terms of financials. So we are trying our best and it’s not like our neighbour’s country league where world calendar year comes to a halt so that all the players are available.”

Emphasizing importance on the local players, Ramiz said “The league reaches height because of the participation of country’s own players. The Australian league Big bash only allows two overseas players. So they have 6 teams and are popular with only 12 overseas players. So it has just become a myth that our league will not reach the heights until big players will arrive”

Ramiz Raja so far has had a positive impact on the Pakistan Cricket Tea. Despite the turmoil and sudden resignation of the coaches, the men in green reached the semi-final of the T20 world cup. Their high point was of course winning their maiden match against India in a world cup event. Then the Pakistan team defeated the Bangladeshis in a clean sweep in both T20s and ODIs.

The West Indies arrival to Pakistan is set to begin from the 13th of December. Earlier this year, New Zealand and England withdrew their tours of Pakistan citing security. The visiting side will be without the services of their regular captain Kieron Pollard due to a hamstring injury. Three other players and a non-coaching member of West Indies have been tested positive and therefore will not play in the series.

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