Lights. Camera. Action. The curtains are all set to be raised on the most ambitious cricket league in Pakistan, which will bring the best of entertainment and the masters of the game together for the first time. For the first time two entertainment platforms will shine together for a bigger, better package; for the first time local players would be given a chance to shine at international stage. Read on:
1-Merging of sports and entertainment
Many exhibition matches have been played in Pakistan where TV and film stars have batted, bowled and fielded against the national cricketers. But Pakistan Super League is going to take the relationship to another level –film and TV stars will play ambassadors to different franchises and with their involvement, there will be mauj and masti. Who will emulate Shah Rukh Khan in Pakistan? Will Humayun Saeed appear in commercials in support of his team or will Meera Ji become the brand ambassador for one of the franchises. All you have to do is wait and watch; remember, good things come to those who wait!
2-Extravaganza like never before
Jam-packed stadium; Cheerleaders boosting the morale of the players and the world’s best cricketers battling against each other. If you think I am talking about the Indian Premier League or Bangladesh Premier League, think again … Pakistan Super League is going to be better, bigger and more entertaining. Just imagine what the atmosphere would be with our very own Ali Zafar singing a song at the opening ceremony, Anwar Maqsood anchoring the event in his usual manner and the legendary Hanif Mohammad declaring the ‘League’ Open! Plus with Angelo Mathews bowling to Brendon McCullum and getting caught by Younis Khan in the slips … priceless!
3-Test for the talented and tainted!
Cricket may not be the national sport of Pakistan but it is undoubtedly the most popular one. Every cricketer in Pakistan believes he can be as good as Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Glenn McGrath, and Shane Warne, given the chance. So here is your chance to know how good you are and whether you are good enough to be in Pakistan’s national team. Because if you are good, it will be very very good … but if you are bad, that would be torrid. Add to that international-level coaches from the best teams in the world and PSL is already looks amazing!
4-Our own Super Stars & Gossip!
The electronic media revolves around breaking news these days and what better way to generate that than by having a Cricket League! Pakistan has a lot of film, TV and theatre stars, fans of whom will always be interested as to who are they supporting; which player they believe will go on to have a wonderful career with the Pakistan side and who is hanging out with whom. Just imagine Nabeel of Bulbulay terming a newcomer as the find of the tournament, Mehwish Hayat cheering for her favorite cricketer or Strings naming an unknown cricketer as the player with a promising career ahead. That will be big news for the player as well as for the fans of these stars, wouldn’t it?
5-Pakistan’s Own Cricket league!
Last but not least, Pakistan’s Super League will highlight to the world that Pakistanis are Super people. What if they can’t have the tournament at home due to security concerns; they are excellent hosts and wherever they go, they take that with them. The United Arab Emirates is all set to be the venue for the event and if Pakistan Cricket Board strikes a deal with the UAE officials and traveling becomes easy from Pakistan to the venue; things will turn from good to great. The presence of Match Referees, as well as Umpires from different countries, will ensure that the matches are played in the right spirit so that in the future, no one can point fingers to the transparency of results. If things go as planned, the league will have a TV audience from the Caribbean beaches to the under the developed port of Gwadar. Just wait … and be part of history in the making!