Miandad warns against Pak version of IPL

Lahore, May 26 (UNI) Denouncing the Indian Premier League (IPL), former skipper Javed Miandad has warned the PCB that the Pakistan version of the lucrative BCCI-backed Twenty20 competition will destroy the game in the country.

''The involvement of too much money will destroy the game of cricket. It (IPL) lacks quality and a cricketer can never get the confidence he needs as a player. Even the greatest of bowlers cannot do anything about conceding sixes and fours,'' Miandad was quoted as saying by the local media here.

The 50-year-old was saddened by the declining quality of cricket in the country and felt the national team needs to play against quality opponents to improve itself.

''One reason for this is that talented players are not being groomed properly. Also, we are not playing against high ranking teams and competing with the weaker sides which doesn't improve your game,'' Miandad stated.

''It is contesting against quality teams like Australia and India that your potential is truly put to the test But this is not the case at present.'' UNI XC AB RKM HS1828

Story first published: Monday, May 26, 2008, 19:04 [IST]
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