Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board is eager on captivating investments from the Indian market for its planned Twenty20 league but it will not be "an exact model" of the IPL, said its chief Zaka Ashraf.
"This is a wrong impression. We are working on delivering an innovative and exciting PPL [Pakistan Premier League] but it would not be on the exact model of the IPL. We are not going to call it PPL as some people have been suggesting for quite some time now. We are still in the process of finalising a name that is good enough for what will be an innovative and exciting league,” said the chief.
Ashraf said that Indian broadcasting company Nimbus is one of the several companies who is interested in becoming a part of the proposed league. Meanwhile, two more companies - Ten Sports and one based in the United Kingdom - made presentations to the Board on the league, proposed to start this year.
Sources said of the two presentations, the Board officials were not very impressed with the one by the UK based company. "We have had several presentations and many people are promising to deliver a lot but we have to ensure the model we follow is viable for us financially, and secondly it allows us to tap the international market," said a PCB official.
Ashraf made it clear that while the Board wanted the participation of foreign players in its Twenty20 league, the franchises would have to buy them under a set financial model.