LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to give a role to former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat to make Pakistan Twenty20 league successful, it has been learnt.

The International Cricket Council’s former Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Haroon Lorgat has arrived in Lahore on the invitation of Pakistan Cricket Board to discuss and finalise his role in the forthcoming league, a source confirmed on Thursday. The Pakistan Cricket Board Ch Zaka Ashraf earlier while talking Waqt News channel programme ‘Insight’ had said that preparations are nearly to be competed soon to hold Pakistan Twenty20 league in a befitting manner.

He further said that they remained busy in search of sponsors and got positive response and Insha Allah the proposed league will be launched on time in March 25. He expressed the hope of participation of international players in the mega event and its success will also help Pakistan to bring international cricket back to the country.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had informed the International Cricket Council that it plans to launch its premier Twenty20 league in March next year. According to reliable sources within the board, the ICC has been taken on board regarding the plans by PCB to hold its premier league.

"The PCB has informed the ICC of a tentative window when it is planning to hold the Pakistan Twenty20 League as it is believed that any more delays in launching the event would derail it and would certainly reduce its effectiveness to attract foreign players to Pakistan," one source said.  The PCB has indicated that it is planning to sell five franchises in the Twenty20 league with each franchise to be permitted to sign on six overseas players.

"It is not going to be an easy task convincing foreign players to come and play in the league due to uncertain security conditions but the PCB remains confident it can move forward with the Pak T20 league despite a limited window for the event," the source added.

The source said that some officials of the board had also made a flying visit to Dubai recently to give a presentation to some business houses and wealthy individuals there as the PCB saw the Middle East market as a viable one to find sponsorships and financial backing for the proposed league.

"The PCB does not rule out the possibility of finding interested buyers and takers for the league franchises in India although the Indian Premier League is also due to begin from April 3 next year," another source claimed.

"Homework is being completed on how to tap the Indian market where cricket has a big commercial pull since PCB is aware that even Bangladesh and Sri Lankan leagues had some financial backing and sponsorships from Indian companies," the source said.

The source didn't rule out the possibility of the PCB seeking some support from Indian cricket Board for its venture especially after a thaw in the relations between the two countries. The source, however, conceded that the PCB was aware that if it gets a five-year tax exemption from the government for the league it would make its task easier to sell the franchises, get foreign investment. "However, the fact is that so far no party has made any sort of commitment to PCB for the Pakistan T20 league which name is still to be decided.