LAHORE: The Pakistan Super Leagues' (PSL)'s managing director Salman Sarwar Butt has said, "the PSL management is working towards organizing the tournament in a most befitting manner."
While acknowledging that the security is a concern for some of the boards, the PSL Managing Director said: "Let me reassure all concerned on behalf of the PSL that a very high level security shall be provided throughout. On top of the state apparatus, the best international outfits with proven credentials of overseeing safety in international events of stature are being assessed for engagement. The safety of each and every participant including the audiences is a responsibility that the PSL is not taking lightly".
Responding to the advice of various boards to their contracted players to refrain from the PSL, he said: "We knew that it would not be easy to change perceptions, it takes time and genuine effort. Nonetheless the PSL shall continue with its efforts to put together a spectacle that would endeavour to dispel such perceptions once it starts unfolding on the ground."
Undaunted by the obstacles, the PSL managing director went on to announce that its management had already obtained signatures of more than 50 overseas players with some more likely to sign up shortly. "This clearly is an indication that PSL is attractive both in terms of cricket and financial gains for the cricketing talent, no matter where in the world it is located", said he.
According to the procedure, these players will now seek NOCs from their respective boards.
"The PCB is in contact with the various boards and will be soliciting NOCs for signed-up players," said Mr. Butt.