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PCB proposes to start IPL like league in Middle East

The Pakistan Cricket Board has got approval from the Presidency to launch a IPL like T20 league in middle east in association with Abdul Rehman Bukhatir.

cricket Updated: May 13, 2010 21:40 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board has got approval from the Presidency to launch a IPL like T20 league in middle east in association with Abdul Rehman Bukhatir.

Well placed sources in the government said PCB had sent a proposal to the sports ministry and Presidency for approval under which it would be partners with the Bukhatir group of companies in launching the league.

"President Asif Zardari who is also PCB chief patron has given his consent to the proposal," one source told PTI.

He said that the proposed major cricket league was slated to be launched around October 2010 in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

"The concept is the same as the IPL. The major cricket league would have franchised teams around five or six who would be allowed to sign on and play overseas players," the source said.

He said initially the idea was to bid out the teams to interested franchises in Pakistan and perhaps the Middle East.

He added because of security sitcuation in Pakistan the league could not be started in Pakistan but once the situation improves and teams start touring the country the league would also be held in Pakistan.

Another source said that Bukhatir, who is well known in cricket circles due to his bold Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) venture in Sharjah, was keen on the MCL as Ten Sports the Dubai based channel would hold broadcasting rights for the T20 tournament.