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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 11:48 on 30th Jan 2013

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Lorgat"I've been to Lahore on a number of occasions in the last few months and I'm quite comforted by what I see. I'm also getting an understanding and appreciation that some of the unsafe areas are not where the games will be played.

"It's safe to say Pakistan have had a very unpleasant few years not being able to play cricket at home and it's perfectly understandable that most of the other cricket nations were unwilling to go there but we can't have that situation for ever," he said.

Perhaps if Mr Lorgat had been 'wandering' around some of those areas with a pale complexion he would see things in a different manner. That is of course, unlike some of the foreign aid workers who have been murdered there in the last few years, he was still here to tell us about it.
Of course we should take reassurance that terrorists don't go into 'safe areas'. No wonder we constantly deride cricket administrators for their lack of any feeling for the game and its various participants.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 22:37 on 31st Jan 2013

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blueandy1mac Wrote:
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Lorgat"I've been to Lahore on a number of occasions in the last few months and I'm quite comforted by what I see. I'm also getting an understanding and appreciation that some of the unsafe areas are not where the games will be played.

"It's safe to say Pakistan have had a very unpleasant few years not being able to play cricket at home and it's perfectly understandable that most of the other cricket nations were unwilling to go there but we can't have that situation for ever," he said.

Perhaps if Mr Lorgat had been 'wandering' around some of those areas with a pale complexion he would see things in a different manner. That is of course, unlike some of the foreign aid workers who have been murdered there in the last few years, he was still here to tell us about it.
Of course we should take reassurance that terrorists don't go into 'safe areas'. No wonder we constantly deride cricket administrators for their lack of any feeling for the game and its various participants.


I doubt whether Lahore would have looked or felt any different the day the Murderous attack was launched on the Sri Lankan team bus. What was Lorgat expecting to see? Gangs of bearded Taliban loading up their truck bombs, and al Qaeda fanatics donning suicide vests? Or maybe just deserted streets, with people afraid to leave their homes due to the fear of being shot or blown up?

The risk to high profile sporting events featuring foreigners doesn't come from the people you're likely to see or rub shoulders with in cosmopolitan Lahore, it comes from a minority of terrorists, almost exclusively from elsewhere, who you would be very unlikely to see (if at all) until it was too late.

As I've said before, I would be perfectly happy to visit Lahore and some other places in Pakistan as an individual traveller, but a high profile event featuring significant numbers of foreigners would be an absolute magnet for terrorist groups. We have all seen how effective even the "presidential level" security is in Pakistan.

Once the US vacates Afghanistan, I'm sure many of the crazies will go streaming over the border to fight against the Afghan government forces and amongst themselves. Pakistan might well then become a safe enough place for foreign players and teams to consider going there again. However at the moment it's irresponsible for a senior official of the ICC to be making such statements.
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Jonny Trabant
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 20:07 on 5th Feb 2013

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Durhams Phil Mustard seem to think its "worth the risk" (for £100000) to play in Pakistan.

Idiot.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 12:54 on 6th Feb 2013

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Jonny Trabant Wrote:
Durhams Phil Mustard seem to think its "worth the risk" (for £100000) to play in Pakistan.

Idiot.


Even more embarassing is the fact he's touting himself when no-one really wants him.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 18:55 on 8th Feb 2013

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Now postponed :o :o :o
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Jonny Trabant
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 22:04 on 12th Feb 2013

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Not really surprising is it? Without Googling it, what was the reason?
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 12:38 on 13th Feb 2013

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Just have a guess ?

No, load of made up bull about finance and logistics.


They were gonna innovate a new type of T20 as well, 4-a-side.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 15:43 on 13th Feb 2013

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blueandy1mac Wrote:
Just have a guess ?

No, load of made up bull about finance and logistics.


The excuses do indeed sound decidedly implausible.

A more plausible explanation from some Pakistan fans on the "Pakpassion" cricket forum is that it's because they weren't able to attract interest from enough big name foreign players, and that getting big name foreigners to come was the main region for wanting to launch the PSL in the first place. If they're not going to come, rather than having a bunch of second and third rate foreign players coming over, which would potentially damage the PSL's prestige, they might as well stick with their existing successful domestic T20 format.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 17:55 on 13th Feb 2013

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Big Harvey Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Just have a guess ?

No, load of made up bull about finance and logistics.


The excuses do indeed sound decidedly implausible.

A more plausible explanation from some Pakistan fans on the "Pakpassion" cricket forum is that it's because they weren't able to attract interest from enough big name foreign players, and that getting big name foreigners to come was the main region for wanting to launch the PSL in the first place. If they're not going to come, rather than having a bunch of second and third rate foreign players coming over, which would potentially damage the PSL's prestige, they might as well stick with their existing successful domestic T20 format.


Precisely.
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whiteensign
Post subject: Re: Pakistan Super League will have big names - Haroon Lorgat
PostPosted: 18:04 on 13th Feb 2013

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Big Harvey Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Just have a guess ?

No, load of made up bull about finance and logistics.


The excuses do indeed sound decidedly implausible.

A more plausible explanation from some Pakistan fans on the "Pakpassion" cricket forum is that it's because they weren't able to attract interest from enough big name foreign players, and that getting big name foreigners to come was the main region for wanting to launch the PSL in the first place. If they're not going to come, rather than having a bunch of second and third rate foreign players coming over, which would potentially damage the PSL's prestige, they might as well stick with their existing successful domestic T20 format.


Seriously, what big name cricketers did they expect to attract?

I was in the navy and having already got a medal for the war against terrorism (TWAT) in Afghanistan, I had a cushy shore based job in Pompey. Then i'm told i'm joining a ship out in the Gulf during Gulf War 2, this meant I would miss the Lichtenstein v England game in Vadus that I had been drawn out in the ballot for, so to say I wasn't too keen was an understatement!! Then, when they call everyone due to fly out to the Gulf to join ships into a meeting, and tell us that we won't be flying out, we'll be waiting for them to come back, mine wasn't even the loudest cheer ;)
The point is, there's plenty of places for top cricketers to ply their trade, i'm sure Pakistan is bottom of the majority of their lists!!!
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