Doha - Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar is poised to move into the
lucrative international Twenty20 cricket market as the venue for the inaugural
Pakistan Super League, officials said on Tuesday.
The head of the Qatar Cricket Association, Gul Khan said there was a
"70 percent" chance Doha would host the tournament, to be played in
February 2016, following three days of talks with the senior members of the
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the weekend.
PCB officials are expected to return to Qatar in early September when a
final decision will be taken.
"We want some big international tournaments here," Khan said.
"This is a good experience for everybody. It's good for Qatar, it's good
He added that "big players, big names" would take part in the
The PCB is looking for a venue after its first choice of the United Arab
Emirates gave priority to a separate tournament involving former players.
Details of the Super League tournament have yet to be finalised, said Khan,
but there will be at least five teams.
Most of the players are expected to be from Pakistan but Khan added they
would be looking to bring in players from other major cricket nations including
India, Australia and England.
Media reports from Pakistan earlier this month claimed the PCB would in
September begin the bidding process for selling team franchises, as well as
broadcasting and merchandising rights.
The tournament would be played at Doha's Asian Town Cricket Stadium, which
has a 14 000 seat capacity, and it is likely all games would be day/night
The event should prove popular among Qatar's huge Asian community.
There are around 90 000 people from Pakistan living in Qatar, a number which
is expected to rise in the near future with the influx of more workers needed
for the huge number of infrastructure projects taking place in the super rich
In addition, there are large numbers of people from other strong Asian
cricketing nations including more than half a million residents from India, 150
000 from Bangladesh and 100 000 from Sri Lanka.
Khan said it was hoped that the super league could attract spectators from
The tournament could also pave the way for Qatar to host Pakistan test
matches, said Khan.
Currently Pakistan plays its test matches outside the country because of
Pakistan will play Ashes winners England in a three-match Test series in the
UAE in October and November.
If the negotiations secure the tournament in Qatar, it will reinforce the
Gulf state's position as a major sporting hub.
As well as the 2022 football World Cup, Qatar is set to host the World
Athletics Championships in 2019, and last year hosted the short-course World
Officials will announce within the next month if Qatar will bid to host the
2024 Summer Olympics.