Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20s between February 1 and March 24 against South Africa. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan's plans for a domestic Twenty20 competition along the lines of the Indian Premier League hit a snag on Tuesday as South Africa refused to reschedule their series to accommodate the tournament.

After the huge success of the IPL and similar leagues around the world, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to launch their own version, partly as an effort to lure overseas cricketers back to the troubled country.

International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan over security worries since deadly militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus during the second Test in Lahore in March 2009.

The PCB wanted to stage the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) in March next year but the plan was set back after South Africa refused to rearrange the Pakistan national team's tour.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20s between February 1 and March 24 and wanted the tour to be pushed forward to accommodate the PPL.

“We requested Cricket South Africa to change the itinerary so that we could expand the window for our Premier league, but they said that the tickets for the series are already sold out and it's not possible now,” PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told AFP.

“We understand their position and are comfortable with that,” said the spokesman.

The dates of the South African tour leave only a tiny window before the lucrative IPL, which attracts most of the game's biggest stars, begins on April 3.

Earlier, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said that negotiations were ongoing with international players to participate in the PPL, DawnNews reported.

Reports in local media claim the PCB has offered substantial sums of money to players from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia and the West Indies to appear in the PPL, but security fears will be a huge hurdle to convincing them to come.

Pakistan successfully hosted two Twenty20 exhibition matches with an International World XI involving players from Sri Lanka, South Africa, the West Indies and Afghanistan in Karachi on Saturday and Sunday.

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October 23, 2012 3:09 pm
Well, Pakistan should focus on getting things back to normal. Cricket is not important at the moment. Once the situation is back to normal in Pakistan, cricket will return anyway. Let us not force this on people of Pakistan. How much embarrassment the attack on Sri Lankan team has caused the nation. Let us not rush into organising another disaster.
October 23, 2012 10:30 pm
Why waste money on such extravagant tournaments..? Let's spend money on education and making things normal in pakistan.
Nisha Rai
October 23, 2012 6:30 pm
So long as the army and the political forces don't attack the terrorists, both good and bad, the citizens should refuse to play ball.
October 23, 2012 4:24 pm
@ Khalid - this is being done by the PCB who are part of the peace movement.
October 24, 2012 12:23 am
I agree with Khalid. All Pakistanis should first fight against terrorists, and bring the peace in the country first.
Saad (DXB)
October 23, 2012 8:42 pm
Indians giving thumbs down to your post mate.. Bored of their bollywood infested media, they come to DAWN to get some real news.
October 23, 2012 11:06 pm
Let the show begin !!!!!!!!!!!!!! This event has risks but keep in mind Pakistan is a cricket crazy country even the trouble makers love cricket. Law enforcement is always a problem for any nations, have good fool proof security is the key, let show the world we can do it.
October 24, 2012 2:19 am
You should only open your mouth after doing complete home work and not merely for the sake of personal projection or appearing on television. Strange the PCB chairman has not learnt this lesson , even after several setbacks!
October 23, 2012 6:07 pm
Instead of trying to encourage foreign teams to visit, the PCB should try and force the governnent's hand into fixing the law and order situation. Security and access to justice is the most basic right of Pakistani citizens. Fix this and cricket will come
October 23, 2012 6:13 pm
Please use some other name of the series.Like national cricket league or Cricket Pakistan.
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