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PCB proposes hosting joint T20 league with India

November 01, 2012

KARACHI: After the indication that bilateral cricket series between Pakistan and India are likely to reusme, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf is hopeful that the two countries will be able to host a joint Twenty20 league in the future.

"I have a futuristic approach and I see a joint India-Pakistan Twenty20 league. If the two leagues are combined, it would be the biggest league in the world. Imagine what that league would do," Ashraf was quoted as saying by Mail Today.

The PCB chairman added that he had not discussed the plan with anyone yet but after a positive response from India's cricket board regarding the bilateral series, Ashraf is hopeful of further collaborations and developments in the future.

Pakistan is set to play a series in India later this year.

There are also plans of inviting Indian players to Pakistan's own T20 league which is scheduled for March next year after Pakistan's tour to South Africa, despite BCCI not allowing its players to play in foreign leagues. However, Ashraf is optimistic.

"We will invite foreign players. We will also invite Indian players, though I know that the BCCI doesn't allow them to play in such leagues abroad but we don't see any boundaries; there are no boundaries in cricket," Ashraf said.

He further added that India should let its players play in the Pakistan Premier League while allowing Pakistani players to do the same in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"Pakistanis should be allowed to play in the IPL; it is a good tournament. Both India and Pakistan should release their players for each other. That would encourage and strengthen bilateral ties," he said.