Afridi: PSL should be played at home


Shahid Afridi has insisted that the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is to be played next year, has to be played at home in front of their own fans even if it does not attract foreign players.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will launch their own T20 league to rival the Indian Premier League and will play the tournament in Doha and Qatar in February 2016.

According to reports, the PCB were hoping that the competition could be played at home but were put off when they got no response from international players.

Pakistan played host to Zimbabwe in international limited-overs cricket in May this year, which was the first international cricket in played in Pakistan for six years due to terrorists fears.

Afridi, who is Pakistan's T20 captain, said: "It would be great if PSL could have been held in Pakistan. As we were talking about the revival of cricket in Pakistan after the Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan, we started to hope that cricket would continue to be played here.

"Our cricket should be played within our own territory. It looks good if our grounds get revived, filled with crowds and our own players get the maximum benefit out of it.

"I am not worried if foreign players come or not, but what is important is the revival of cricket in Pakistan and (that) our youngsters get opportunity to play in front of big crowds."