Pakistan plans new high-profile football league

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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is planning a major new football competition modelled on cricket’s hugely successful Indian Premier League in a bid to revitalise a sport which has long stagnated.

    The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is in talks with potential sponsors for the proposed league, which would feature six city-based teams playing each other in Lahore, officials told AFP.
    Pakistan has had a “premier league” for the past nine years, but coaches and fans complain of poor standards, awful pitches and walkovers.
    Government teams dominate the Pakistan Premier League (PPL), snapping up the best talent with generous sports budgets and leaving private clubs to struggle.

    Unsurprisingly, neither fans nor sponsors have much appetite for supporting the likes of current PPL champions Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), or the evocatively named four-time winners, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).
    Television coverage is non-existent and crowds for most matches number in the hundreds. Naveed Haider Khan, marketing consultant at the PFF, said the new competition would give football a much-needed shot of razzmatazz.
    “We’re going to be giving cash incentives, we’ll look after their transportation, their accommodation, we’ll be trying to project it very heavily on television so people get the insight of what is happening in football,” he said.

    “We want to glamourise this game in Pakistan, we want to run it like the IPL in India with cricket,” he told AFP.
    The competition is dependent on sponsors coming forward, but the PFF hopes to run it in May or September, Khan said, and if all goes well there are plans to expand the competition next year – and even try to lure foreign players.
    A similar venture in neighbouring Afghanistan last year proved hugely successful, attracting sell-out crowds and big television audiences.
    There is little doubt reform is needed. The PFF has set an ambitious goal of qualifying for the World Cup by 2022, but the national team has made little progress since the launch of the premier league in 2004.

    Before two recent wins away to Nepal, they were languishing 189th in the FIFA world rankings, just three spots above their lowest-ever placing.
    Tariq Lutfi, a former national coach who has led KRL to the premier league title in the last two seasons, said the competition simply does not prepare players for the rigours of the international game.
    “It’s not good enough. The domestic standard is not matching the international standard and unless and until it does, it is very difficult for Pakistan to progress,” he told AFP.
    Ali Ahsan of online fan forum Football Pakistan agreed, describing the standard of the PPL as “much much lower” than the English non-league Conference.
    Balochistan is the heartland of the game, the only place where crowds of thousands regularly turn up to watch matches.
    The three PPL clubs based in the southwestern province were each awarded four 3-0 walkover wins last season after teams refused to visit.
    Rai Saifur Rehman Bhatti, the president of PMC Athletico Faisalabad, a private club relegated from the premier league at the end of last season, said it was unfair.

    “If a team gets three walkovers it should actually be out of the league,” he told AFP.
    Money is another stumbling block.
    Without the mass appeal of cricket, Pakistan’s national obsession, football struggles to attract sponsorship and the federation survives largely on grants from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation.
    The PFF general secretary, retired colonel Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi, said nearly a quarter of the football budget is spent on the 16-team league, but this amounts to only Rs13.5 million rupees.

    To minimise costs, the 240 matches of the PPL are crammed into just five months and former national coach Lutfi said the hectic schedule was taking its toll on players.
    “It’s ultimately injuries that are the main result of this and teams without a good bench suffer a lot,” he said.
    The federation is keen to focus on development. From next season each PPL team will be required to have at least two under-19s players in their squad on match days, Lodhi said, and a series of FIFA-funded academies are due to open this year.

    Pakistan plans new high-profile football league – The Express Tribune
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    we better leave cricket now.and concentrate more on football

    cricket has become very boring.

    we need a good football that can participate in fifa world cup
     
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    Now this is too much :pound: ... next time you can add glamour by hiring female suicide bombers in your "high profile" sports.
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    it doesnt matter what they think of this league.

    but we do need a good football team
     
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    I think a India vs Pakistan footaball match will be very lively!
     
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    pakistan should worry about this football rather than round one

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    well india and pakistan both should know pay attention into football teams.

    cricket is very boring now.within 2 decades we can have a team that can participate in fifa
     
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    farhan and his futuristic plans :lol:
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    this is pretty much possible
     
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    Possible in case of India. :thumb:
     
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    agreed but pakistan as well..

    indians are not from space
     
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    how super a league for football can become in south asia? even achieving its peak it will be dwarf in front of cricket
     
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    :tsk::tsk::whistle::whistle::loco::loco::loco::nono:
     
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    pretty much possible
    while i dont know about india but in pakistan we have equal numbers of football fans around the country.

    Problems is investment in this field.
     
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    problem is sacoority in this field
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    if we had a better team we can play at international spots..till the problems get settled in pakistan
     
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    on our side also people are crazy about manchester united and we see euro league and fifa dwarfing even cricket world cup but still the mood of the general public which resides with cricket is main hinderance. moreover no one will put money into a field which is non existent since independence. still all the best
     
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    Pakistanis should keep playing with bombs rather than football. That is what they are good at..... That is what they are playing in Quetta, Peshawar, Karachi etc..
     
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    it will take time.even a few decades.but in pakistan football can leave cricket behind
     
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    why don't you suggest us some skill at raping?

    last time i heard in delhi alone each 20mins a girl is raped?
     
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