Johannesburg: Former International Cricket Council (ICC) match officials Rudi Koertzen, Mike Procter and Russell Tiffin have signed up for Pakistan`s Twenty20 league. Although all three have retired as top-level ICC officials, their confirmation is the first sign of foreign participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which starts on March 26.
A press release from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the PSL is pleased to announce that, apart from Pakistani umpires Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf, three other match officials Procter, Koertzen and Tiffin have confirmed their participation in the first edition of their domestic tournament. PSL managing director Salman Sarwar Butt said he was pleased with the appointments. Butt added the PSL is in full steam recruiting top-notch match officials and exciting cricketers and in addition, preparation is proceeding apace in all other aspects and the team is well on track.
The PCB faces a huge challenge in convincing foreign players and match officials to come for the inaugural edition of the PSL with a max of six foreign players in each of the five teams. The league further ran into trouble on Tuesday when the Federation of International Cricketers Association warned foreign players not to tour Pakistan because security was not manageable.