The Pakistan Cricket Board's plan to launch an IPL-like Twenty20 League in conjunction with Dubai sports city has got stuck up in bureaucratic red tapism in Islamabad.
According to sources, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt had sent a copy of the proposed agreement between the board and the Dubai Sports City for the major league to the Presidency for approval.
But sources said the Presidency sent the agreement to the ministry of sports for vetting which in turn has now forwarded it to the ministries of foreign affairs, finance and law for feedback.
"The situation now is that the proposed agreement has got stuck up in the government ministries for the time being and the board is unable to wrap up its deal with the Dubai sports city," one well placed source said.
The board only prepared the agreement with the conjunction of the Dubai sports city after having sought approval from the Presidency and ministry of sports to start the league.
The board strives to get approval for all major decisions from the Presidency since the serving President of the country is the chief patron of the board and directly appoints the PCB Chairman.
According to the source, the PCB and Dubai sports city have reached an understanding to launch the Pakistan Major League on the lines of the Indian Premier League in Dubai later this year.
"The concept has been taken from the IPL and five teams/franchises would be picked to play in the league with the Dubai sports city having the right to sign on the players in the teams," the source added.
He said the PCB had agreed to the league on basis of a 50-50 profit sharing formula with Dubai sports city bearing expenses of the first league that it would host.
"The idea is to later on take the league to Pakistan as well when the security situation improves in the country. The teams would include majority Pakistani players but efforts would also be made to sign on foreign stars as the first event is scheduled in Dubai," the source added.
The source said the board was trying its best to convince the ministry of sports to approve the proposed agreement but had been told they would have to wait until the ministry of foreign affairs, finance and law give their feedback on the draft agreement.