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Latif, city government join hands for Karachi Champions League

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    Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif and the Karachi city government have come together to launch, from next week, what might be the most lucrative club tournament to have been played in Pakistan.
    The Karachi Champions League, a Twenty20 league, for the leading clubs of the city will begin next week with Rs 10 million (around USD 117,200) as the top prize for the winners. The tournament, a brainchild of Latif and the Rashid Latif Cricket Academy (RLCA) will feature a number of Karachi-based international players, as well as a host of domestic cricketers. Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor and Sarfraz Ahmed, among others, will be playing.
    "It was an old idea of mine, one that I had been working on," Latif, who captained Pakistan as well, told Cricinfo. "I am a big follower of English football and I love the history of clubs over there, like Chelsea and Fulham. We have so many old clubs in Karachi and we need to revive that club culture once again here."
    The idea was put into practice after Latif ran the idea by the city's mayor Mustafa Kamal during what was supposed to be a five-minute meeting. "We ran the idea by him and he agreed after a minute," Latif said. The prize money has been put up by Kamal's city government; as well as the winning club getting Rs 10 million, the runners-up will receive Rs 5 million (around USD 58,900), the semi-finalists Rs 500,000 (around USD 5900) each and the quarter-finalists Rs 250,000 (around USD 2900). All told there is Rs 17 million (nearly USD 200,000) in prize money at stake, easily the most lucrative local tournament in the country's history.
    The tournament is expected to last nearly a month and will be played at various grounds around the city that are supervised and run by the RLCA. Malir Gymkhana, North Nazimabad CC, Korangi Al-Fatah CC and Airport Gymkhana are some of the more renowned 16 clubs in the tournament and each will be allowed only one international player.
    The tournament will be televised on Geo Super, a local sports channel and plans are already underway to make it a national league - the Pakistan Champions League. "Karachi is the financial centre of Pakistan and a lot of MNCs are based here," Latif said. "The plan is to get them to sponsor a club each. Next season we will introduce player trading and hopefully in time, it can be pushed to a national league."
    (USD 1= 85 Pakistan rupees approx)
     
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    Great news, may be we should just invite indian talent at least we will not be like lalit modi invite and then not select specially to 20/20 world champions
     
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    This is no way close to IPL ... however, at least they are trying to come up with something instead of bickering over IPL
     
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    Any foreign players auctioned yet? or is it completly domestic?
     
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    No it is still domestic !! and it is for only Karachi clubs ... revival of club cricket ..
     
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    Brilliant Idea by R Latif .. the game is so wide spread in Pak but hence never played on a professional level .. Its will great to see how Latif revives this .. i think with a sponsor like city govt he has a good backing to start with .
     
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    Yes and definitely within a few years club cricket all over the country will be revived and a lot of corporations will be willing to fund such events which will flourish our cricket
     
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    i would like everyone to support this tournament in every possible way in the process making it a huge success. We Karachites congratulate Rashid Latif, Mustafa Kamal and all those who are part of this project for taking such a brilliant initiative.
     
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    The team winning the title after what will be a month-long tournament will walk away with Rs10 million — easily the biggest-ever prize in the history of club cricket in Pakistan. The runners-up will get Rs 5 million the semi-finalists Rs 500,000 each and the quarter-finalists Rs 250,000 apiece.
     
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    I would gladly purchase a online ticket /online tv viewing if its aviable on internet .... :taz:

    But I do hope we play more test/ODI
     
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    great effort b R Latif
     
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    So how do i watch this? Any idea any one?
     
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    Man i dont got Geo Super. I need links. lol
     
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    nobody is showing this match on TV

    Geo Super will broadcast Semi Finals and Final only (i think)