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Khan is hoping the PCB decide to create a new Twenty20 tournament
Pakistan veteran duo Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik believe that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be looking into organising an Indian Premier League (IPL) style Twenty20 tournament every year in order to bring international cricket back to the shores of the war-torn nation.
Both Khan and Malik participated in the inaugural edition of Pakistan’s Ramazan Twenty20 tournament, which was won by Habib Bank, whose captain is Khan.
“It was a good experience playing in such a tournament that lasted for three weeks,” Khan said. “I enjoyed it. I think the people also enjoyed it. But there is a need to have a longer T20 league on the lines of the IPL.
“We need to have a longer league and give out a positive message to the world. Such a league would also allow us to uncover new talent as well.”
Malik noted that a well organised Twenty20 tournament would help create the next generation of superstars and “attract overseas players” to Pakistan.
“It’s a tragedy that we have not had any international cricket in Pakistan since the last four years and it has hurt the progress of our cricket,” Malik said. “But this could be a way to convince the world to come and play in Pakistan. It could be a way to attract overseas players.”