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Former India captain sounded out for Pak Super League

Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 3:56am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

PSL eyeing IPL fringe players and Ranji performers as well.

Four India players have reportedly evinced interest in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled in March. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) isn’t revealing the names because of the escalating tension at the border. PCB officials fear that the players could be subjected to a severe backlash in India.

It has emerged that a former India captain — and a successful one at that — has already been sounded out about the PSL. A well-placed official told his paper that he has been asked to lead one of the five PSL sides.

“He is yet to revert. He has neither accepted, nor turned down our offer,” he said.
It is learnt that the league  plans to spread its net far and wide in India in order to hunt talent. Given that not many top players in the world have confirmed their availability, the PSL is targeting fringe players in the Indian Premier League. In fact, they are believed to be tracking the top performers in the Ranji Trophy.

As many as 30 foreign players have been invited. Each franchise has the luxury of having six foreigners out of which only four can be part of the playing XI. The rest of their teams will comprise local players. DNA understands that Chris Gayle and Geoff Lawson (the latter as coach) have also been given offers.  Gordon Greenidge and John Emburey, both for coaching positions, are the other names doing the rounds.

It has also been reported that the PSL will be kept short to ensure that it does not coincide with the IPL.

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