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TV, sports event firms to reveal Pakistan T20 cricket plans

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to consider proposals for launching a Pakistan Premier League (PPL) twenty20 cricket tournament this year from sports management groups and television operators.

Meetings are reportedly to be held this week with Dubai and Karachi-based sporting events companies - one with direct ties to an international broadcaster - to initiate a twenty20 (T20) league similar to those already staged in India and Bangladesh.

"They are some parties who will make presentations to the board on how the PPL can be organized in Pakistan. We are dead serious about having our own PPL," a PCB official reportedly told the Press Trust of India.

"But the reality is that we have to first study the modalities and feasibility of having such an event which would not be possible without input and expertise from a established company," he said.

Although the establishment of a T20 league for Pakistan has long been mooted, no definite action has yet been taken.

"The situation is different now we need to showcase an event in Pakistan with foreign participation and the PPL appears to be the best bet for us," the official added.

Many Pakistani cricket players participated in the recent Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), however none have been signed up for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which starts on 4 April.

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