Um­pires, ref­er­ees in a fix as PSL yet to name of­fi­cials for matches

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

While it is time to give fi­nal touches to all mat­ters re­lat­ing to the much-pub­li­cized Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) that com­mences in less than a week's time in the UAE, the fact is that the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to an­swer many key ques­tions about the mega pro­ject.

Only six days are left be­fore the start of the high-pro­file PSL, sched­uled to be held in Dubai and Shar­jah, but the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned have dozens of prob­lems at hand and are yet to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of um­pires and ref­er­ees for the matches. How­ever, peo­ple in the PCB are try­ing to pose as if PSL is all set for a grand and smooth launch­ing which is, in­deed, far from the truth.

In La­hore, there is a great con­cern pre­vail­ing among the elite panel of the PCB um­pires and ref­er­ees about their ap­point­ments in the PSL matches. "We are hop­ing that most of the elite panel um­pires and ref­er­ees of the PCB will be ap­pointed to su­per­vise th­ese matches along with in­ter­na­tional um­pires," stated one of the ref­er­ees of the elite panel while talk­ing to Dawn. "But we are also con­cerned as there are re­ports that there is not much in store for us," he added.

An­other um­pire of the elite panel, while show­ing con­cern, said the lo­cal um­pires had pinned high hopes on the PSL af­ter the lack of in­ter­na­tional matches in the coun­try dur­ing the past six years had de­prived them of the op­por­tu­ni­ties, but the pic­ture doesn't seem to be too rosy for them.

He dis­closed that the news emerg­ing from the PSL camp are not en­cour­ag­ing for them since only a cou­ple of um­pires and ref­er­ees are likely to get a chance to of­fi­ci­ate.

In­ter­est­ingly, the PSL au­thor­i­ties have is­sued de­tails about the open­ing cer­e­mony of the PSL but noth­ing has come out about the crick­et­ing mat­ters, es­pe­cially in ref­er­ence to the um­pires and ref­er­ees.

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